Visualizing Pollution

January 18, 2009

The most recent edition of the School of Visual Art ‘s Dot Dot Dot lecture series was held January 14 in the White Rabbit bar on Houston street in Manhattan. The monthly events are sponsored by SVA’s new MFA in Interaction Design (to begin next fall) and feature a series of four 10 minute mini-lectures by artists, architects, designers, entrepreneurs, etc. on a particular topic.

Surrounded by the chic white walls of White Rabbit and strong gin & tonics, Soo-in Yang’s talk on his art/architecture work stood out.  His projects aim to do things like make invisible aspects of the environment visible to city dwellers.  Living Light (to be completed in April 2009), for example, is a “permanent outdoor pavilion in the heart of Seoul with a dynamic skin that glows and blinks in response to both data about air quality and public interest in air quality.”

Soo-in Yang’s Living Light project won’t directly reduce pollution, but it could help put the issue more strongly on the radar of city dwellers, vistors, and law-makers.

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