Preemptive Media Workshop

Preemptive Media (Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte and Brooke Singer) is holding a public workshop on June 24th from 1pm-5pm at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Avenues. During this workshop Preemptive Media will present and field-test AIR (Area’s Immediate Reading), a work in progress being developed as the 2005 Social Sculpture Commission awarded by Eyebeam and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

AIR is a networked, social experiment in which individuals will self-monitor the byproducts of fossil fuel combustion by carrying small, portable devices. These devices will display current levels of air pollution and the location of other roaming AIR devices for participants to better understand that they are part of a nomadic network. Online viewers can send text messages to prompt people to go to specific locations or volunteer to become a carrier to keep the network “moving and alive.” Data from the devices will transmit to a central database. This information will be dynamically visualized along with other information on a digital billboard in Lower Manhattan and the web when the project launches in September 2006.

Preemptive Media will give a brief overview of their production process and background research at this workshop. Workshop participants will also help Preemptive Media test the AIR devices and brainstorm strategies for user interaction and participation for September 2006.

To RSVP for the workshop email [email protected].

AIR is being developed in conjunction with PigeonBlog, a project by Beatriz da Costa, Cina Hazegh and Kevin Ponto. AIR is also supported by Theodore Watson of Eyebeam’s Production Studios as part of the Social Sculpture Commission program.

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Projects: Area’s Immediate Reading (AIR)
People: Beatriz da CostaBrooke Singer, Jamie Schulte