hackAIR was selected by VERTIGO as one of the research projects that will welcome an artist to work with them. The VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residencies Program organises collaborations between artists and research and development projects in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
The project that the artist will work on is called “Pollution Explorers”. It is a participatory project consisting of a set of wearable tools co-created with the hackAIR community, using the hackAIR platform to help citizens making sense of the complex issues around air pollution. It combines wearable technology, IoT, citizen participation and crowdsourcing and is intended to help investigate personal responsibility in air quality issues among citizens. With these technologies the artist will try to explore ways to measure people’s subjective perception on air quality and compare it with actual measurements of air pollutants.
The project will run from November 2017 until December 2018 and it will engage 2 groups of participants to co-create the wearables and monitor the local air quality. The scope of the project is to identify the correlation between citizens’ perception on local air quality and real air quality levels. From this residency, hackAIR will achieve greater visibility and engagement of citizens.