The Politics of the Air We Breathe, Anna Souter, δημοσίευση Hyperallergic [6/10/2022]Marilena Pateraki
LONDON — The story of air as we know it begins some three billion years ago, when the first ocean-dwelling cyanobacteria began to draw energy from the sun, taking in carbon dioxide and emitting oxygen to create the delicate molecular balance needed to sustain a reciprocal relationship between plant and animal life. In the Air at Wellcome Collection points out that the majority of the oxygen in our air is produced not by trees and forests in carbon capture but by marine organisms, such as seaweed, algae, and phytoplankton.
Inspired by inventor Charles Babbage’s idea of air as “atmospheric memory,” this well-paced exhibition draws together contemporary art, design, and scientific research to consider the notion of air as a common space that belongs to and affects the whole of humanity. In the Air is imagined as a journey through the ether, encountering three symbolic “strata” to explore air as an ecological, social, and political substance.
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