Yellow Dust

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A three-dimensional water vapor canopy, Yellow Dust is a sensing and sensuous infrastructure that monitors, makes visible and partially remediates particular matter in the air through variable clouds of yellow mist. Composed by ‘Do It Yourself’ sensors installed specifically for this occasion and using off-the shelf construction systems, it aims to contribute to collective forms of making air pollution visible. In contrast with scientific and policy making versions of air monitoring devices, which are invisible and where sensing is only about the data, Yellow Dust engages with the toxicity of the city by opening up the monitoring process in various ways: revealing the monitoring technology and its measurements, communicating the quality of air pollution not through screens or numbers, but through a sensuous experience with the data, and conditioning the environment by humidifying and cooling. It also provides the information to replicate the project in other contexts, as an open source urban infrastructure.