POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE is the result of several months of research into the invisible connections between in-flight turbulence, climate change and war. Elaborating on the research into atmospheric and political turbulence carried out by Lewis Fry Richardson in the early 20th century, this installation further explores the hypotheses put forward by the meteorologist and peace researcher in the context of the Anthropocene – the epoch in which humanity has become the most powerful influencing factor on the earth. POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE consists of a data-driven, mechanical siren and an exterior-mounted ADS-B antenna, which permits the real-time receiving, processing and visualizing of the surrounding flight traffic. Each flight slowly increases the latent potential until a threshold is reached and a mechanism releases the siren.
Initiated and generously supported by the Design Investigations studio (Industrial Design 2) of the University of Applied Arts.
Technical support: Christijan Narat (Alpex Technologies)
Coding: Leo Mühlfeld
Special thanks to: Ben Schneider, Ali Bakarov, Stephanie Kneissl, Sarah Franzl, Ula Reutina, Max Scheidl, Julia Habarda, Kerem Atalay, Ganael Dumreicher, Lorenz Zweier, Xavier Madden, Ina Mangold