Join SPACE Art + Tech residency artist Josefina Nelimarkka for the launch of Kairos², an augmented reality (AR) artwork that allows the user to view and interact with atmospheric aerosol particles.
Using real-time technology, the Kairos² application is able to pick up the individual aerosols in the atmosphere around us and display them as animated particles that shift in colour, motion and sound on a mobile phone’s screen. The artwork moves with the spectator, changing the view in augmented reality according to the number of aerosols in the atmosphere and the viewer’s location. Every experience of the work is thereby unique because the rapid formation of the aerosol particles takes place in real time.
The app explores the complex relationships between atmosphere, ecosystem and society. Although invisible to the human eye, atmospheric aerosol particles have a profound impact on the world around us, from air quality to global warming. Understanding the interactions of these particles in the atmosphere is among the major challenges in climate research today. Atmospheric aerosol particles are the 'known unknown' of climate change because of their uncertain effects on Earth’s climate system.
For the launch on 21 March, SPACE will host a conversation between Josefina and the curator Elisabeth Del Prete. The audience is invited to download the Kairos² application, which is free, and participate.
Kairos² is a collaboration between art, science and technology. The real-time data is provided by the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR).
Josefina Nelimarkka is a multidisciplinary artist and artist-in-residence at SPACE Art + Technology. By reacting to the transient moments of time and language, in her practice, arts and sciences merge into fleeting experiences. Continuous processes are activated by weather, real-time data, live performance and interactive technology. Her current research looks into critical and speculative events of climate and the politics of air.
Elisabeth Del Prete’s curatorial research focuses on collaborative and participatory art practices with a specific interest in socially engaged art. Alongside her role as Learning Curator at UP Projects, she is co-curator of the 12th Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania in 2018. Recent projects and collaborations include NEON Exchange Programme in Athens organised by NEON Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery in 2017; Public Marketplace presented at ArtNight in 2018; and In formation at ICA in 2017.
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