Yellow Dust

Nerea Calvillo

Yellow Dust is a three-dimensional water vapour canopy that provides information about air pollution and, more specifically, about particulate matter (PM 2.5). Drawing on architectural references like Diller and Scofidio’s Blur Building (2002), it is made of fog and is reactive to meteorological changes. It is also an inhabitable and media infrastructure, with a fundamental difference from the Blur Building: the media is not meant to be a display of art or information, but to reveal its own constitution and experience data. In this sense it relates to Philippe Rahm Architecte’s Jade Eco Park in Taiwan (2005- ) in its intention to condition the public space, as well as to Living Light, The Living’s pavilion in Seoul (2009), relying not only on vision, but also exploring less representational and more experiential modes of dealing with knowledge and information.

Yellow Dust’s canopy generates a floating misty environment that changes density (and therefore the conditions of visibility, humidity, etc.) in relation to the concentrations of particulate matter in the air. It performs counter-intuitively, almost paired with the visual conditions of the dust: the more dust, the thicker the cloud, embracing and intensifying the blurriness of our contemporary cities, where the transparency of the modern movement cannot be achieved anymore.

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