“Human Sensors” examines breathing as an interface between environment and our inner-selves (“invironment”), highlighting our own bodies as the sensor for diagnosing the condition and thus health of our surroundings. It is a futuristic narrative in which people with COPD and asthma are used to detect changes in the air quality in urban environment. Increasingly more people develop respiratory health problems due to expanding but invisible amount of air borne pollutions - made worse not only by industrial and urban growth, but also by the warming of the atmosphere. Lack of accessible and clear information about the air quality data places us in a particularly vulnerable position - after all we all must breath to stay alive and we are all dependent on the air.
“Human Sensor” as a concept is composed by two parts - wearable costumes which is complemented with a performance. Costumes are activated by the wearers’ breathing and respond in real time to the rhythm of breath and changes in the chemical composition of the air. The performance can be described as a story of the air written by our breath, translated by these wearable costumes worn by people whose health is affected by a climate change.
Human Sensor is a result of collaboration with scientists from Kings College London air quality department: Prof.Frank Kelly and Dr. Andrew Grieve, fashion tech was co-research with Ricardo O’Nascimento , creative technology was implemented together with Erik Overmeire and dance/performance was conceived in tandem with choreographer Ruth Jones. Human Sensor was commissioned and produced by Invisible Dust and made possible thanks to the grants from Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.