Sensing the Air Pollution Walking Tour at the Barbican Centre
by Nerea Calvillo
Nerea Calvillo is conducting a workshop on different forms of sensing the air at the Barbican Centre, as part of the program of Life Rewired Hub, a series of talks and events Curated by Cris Salter about the AI: More than Human show. The Life Rewired Hub will play host to debate and discussion among experts from the arts, computer science, philosophy and neuroscience around questions of machine agency and consciousness.
The workshop aims to understand different forms of sensing air the air and air pollution, from technological devices to embodied practices. Structured around two sensing practices, we first offer a hands-on exploration of a DIY air pollution sensor, where we will crack it open and interrogate its insides, will make visible how sensors work (or not) and will pose questions on measurement and accuracy, citizen science and advocacy. The second practice is a sensing Parcour, a 45 minute walking tour around the Barbican Centre, from the tunnels to the conservatory, to attune our bodies to their environments, and expand the ways in which we can collectively sense the air.