“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.
Human Sensor LND was performed and exhibited in London for the Invisible Dust's "Under Her Eye" conference and it was made possible thanks to generous support from Euston Town BID.
Human Sensor has travelled all over the world, being exhibited at Transnatural (NL), Dutch Design Week, London Design Festival, V&A, Wellcome Trust, Kuwait Science Museum, Retune Festival Berlin, Tate Modern London and many more. It is featured in the "Fear & Love | Reactions to a Complex World" publication for the opening of the new Design Museum in London.
Tech: KASIA MOLGA, ERIK OVERMEIRE, RICARDO O'NASCIMENTO
Wearable Consultation: RICARDO O'NASCIMENTO
Choreography: RUTH JONES
HS LND Project Manager: EMILY BRILESDEN-WATERS
Arts Council England
HS LND: Euston Town BID
Comissioned & Produced by Invisible Dust
at King’s College London.
Dr. Andrew Grieve
Kuwait City, Kuwait