The digitised reality

The digitised reality
Can we measure and understand the quality of life in our cities? ‘Data Canvas — Sense Your City’, an exhibition that is currently on in Bengaluru, aims at discovering the answers to this question through a selection of eight projects done by artists from all over the world.

In collaboration with Swissnex India under the banner of Lift India 2015, the exhibition is on at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) till October 31.

It’s an interactive exhibition showcasing an innovative visualisation of data collected on the levels of pollution, dust, light, sound, temperature and humidity in the City.

 ‘Data Canvas Exhibition’, which has been a success in Geneva, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and San Francisco, throws light on questions that are often asked like ‘What kind of air are we breathing?’ or ‘What is the environment like?’

Johaan Recordon, project manager of Lift Conference, says, “We don’t often realise the extent of pollution that we live in. We go with the flow and it all becomes a part of us. We hope that citizens all over the world realise what their cities are like and ask governments and corporations to collect and share live environmental data online. It should be accessible to everyone in a manner that is easy to comprehend.”

The exhibition is divided into three parts — light, dark and cinema. The ‘light’ room includes the work of the artists and how they’ve interpreted the data levels.  One of the works that is a part of it is ‘EmojiCity’. Done by Michael Fleuckiger from Switzerland, it showcases the levels of pollution with the help of emoticons.  The ‘dark’ room is an interactive session where one can hold the iPad to the canvas with the QR code of different cities and view the data levels of pollution, dust, light, sound, temperature and humidity.

The ‘cinema’ room gives a glimpse of seven cities (Bengaluru, Boston, Geneva, Rio DeJanerio, Shanghai, San Francisco and Singapore) and their data levels.

The current exhibition showcases the winning visualisation projects of ‘Data Canvas’. It is digitised and interactive and visitors are encouraged to experiment and play with the displays. It is on from 10 am to 5 pm at NGMA, 49, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion.

DHNS

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