NEXUS / LONDON
Data-interactive kinetic installation
3D printing, jacquard weaving, gold leaf gilding, LED, Motors
UBS London Head Quarter / 5 Broadgate, London, United Kingdom
Commissioned by UBS, 2019
After touring to Shanghai, Taipei, and Art Basel in Hong Kong (29 – 31 March 2019), the latest iteration of Nexus sees the installation re-programmed for display at UBS' office in Broadgate, London with enhanced AQI data from additional locations worldwide including new cities across Europe.
The installation was presented as part of 2019's London Design Festival and the designer, Elaine Yan Ling Ng, will participate in the festival's Global Design Forum at the V&A Museum.
The data analyzed by the UBS Evidence Lab shows that London experienced an average AQI of 76 over the period from November 2016 to May 2019, indicating 'moderate' air pollution levels in the city; meaning that the air quality may be a health concern for individuals sensitive to air pollution. Whilst London did not rank amongst the worst cities for air pollution globally in Europe, London's AQI over the period registered higher than many cities, with twice the average of Berlin.
"Global air quality is such an important topic. We are breathing the same air, but in different cities it smells and tastes different. If you break it down and look into it big data represents numbers and figures that can inform design and help us to improve the way that we can live," said Elaine Yan Ling Ng.
Each visitor’s individual data choice will generate a new virtual cloud which will influence a unique set of kinetic movement to create an individual performance.