At the pop-up exhibition of Stadslab Luchtkwaliteit at the Rotterdam Stadsmakerscongres 2015 Studio Dust presented ‘Dots’ . This project aims to visualize the invisible matter of Fine Dust. This is done by literally showing the measurement material of the RIVM. Fine Dust in the air can be measured in different ways. This machine is giving the data of fine dust by catching the fine dust in the air for 1 hour on a strip of paper, and then measuring with light (in a specific way) how much fine dust the paper contains. This data is reflecting the amount of fine dust in the air. But the material itself tell a wonderful story! All the dots differ in grey tone. By comparing different locations and times it gives a visual insight of the cleanness of the air. Groningen has almost white dots; Rotterdam ‘s-Gravendijkwal dark grey and even black dots. These dots show also the story of human behavior. For example: the Tuesday after the Easter weekend and Monday starts with a big traffic Jam on the ‘s-Gravendijkwal.
The dots reveal that the busy traffic location on the ‘s-Gravendijkwal the weekend is less busy.
The 2 images above show the the effect of traffic on the air quality. The top shows the dots at the same time and location; however it measures a high traffic street and compared to a quite street just around the corner.
These dots above are from a quit place in the north of the Netherlands at the sea side, the one below is also at this location but shows the fire works at the beginning of the new year.