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Experiencing the non-sensuous: On measurement, representation and conception in urban art installations

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  • Department of Information and Media Studies
  • Center for Digital Urban Living
  • Digital Aesthetics Research Centre
In this paper we discuss the conflict between a scientific and an artistic approach to interface design in an urban experience-oriented installation, we designed for the Hopenhagen LIVE activities in Copenhagen during the COP15 climate summit meeting in December 2009. The installation called “Atmosphere – the sound and sight of CO2” converted data from CO2 measurements to sound and visuals presented through headphones and on a 2-meter high, quadrant sculpture that functioned as a transparent, low resolution LED screen. Hereby a normally non-sensuous phenomenon became visible and audible giving the public sensuous access to the symbolic villain of climate change: Carbon dioxide. What the sound and visuals actually represented and how it was conceived is a rather complex question that is fundamental to the artistic concept and of epistemological concern for this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI '10 Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Extending Boundaries
Number of pages4
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2010
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60558-934-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventNordiCHI 2010, Extending Boundaries - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 16 Oct 201020 Oct 2010


ConferenceNordiCHI 2010, Extending Boundaries

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