Saturday, May 2, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] Fwd: climate bubbles & environment 2.0

from drew hemment

Coverage on RSA here



Manchester To Host Unique Mass Participation Projects On The Environment

Futuresonic 2009 with the Met Office and the Natural History Museum
are presenting a range of mass participation projects & conference
events in Manchester, 13-16 May.

Climate Bubbles is a playful, participatory project in which two
bubble blowing games enable people across the city of Manchester to
test air flow circulation, and by sharing the results online, enable
the Met Office to get a snapshot the Urban Heat Island phenomenon.

Biotagging Manchester is a participatory 'citizen science' project to
discover and map Manchester's urban wildlife in new ways. People will
move along a straight line through Manchester, traversing a range of
microclimates, including cooler and warmer areas of the city.

Or you can experience 100 Years Of Climate Change simply by taking a
short, late night walk across cooler and hotter areas in the city.

The accompanying Environment 2.0 art exhibition features 30
international artists and 10 world premiers, including a public
recital of the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC), an art device for striking it rich by prospecting for
oil in the city centre, and an installation of ceramic plates with
portraits of Presidents created by exposure to smog.

Environment 2.0 conference events at the festival include Jamais
Cascio, founder of, James Marriott, founder of
PLATFORM, plus a series of free talks on Friday 15 May. And everybody
interested in how to design mass participation projects on the
environment is welcome to sign up in advance and attend a free open
lab on Saturday 16 May.

For more information on the Environment 2.0 Open Lab please see


Futuresonic and the MET Office invite people in Manchester to join
together in a unique experiment to map air flows and examine the
'urban heat island' phenomenon.

Climate Bubbles will see hundreds of people across Manchester
simultaneously blowing soap bubbles and noting where and how quickly
they float. People will then be asked to input their individual bubble
data into an online interactive map of the city - giving the MET
office access to a wealth of urban climate data that is difficult to
observe via conventional methods.