Allistar at Times Square, New York, chats with Kenny at Seoul Square in Seoul. Their casual conversation about weather and traffic in Seoul and New York is shown on the media façade of Seoul Square and screen of Hanbit Media Park. Passers-by of Seoul perceive weather and traffic information in a new way via an everyday conversation, different from that provided in data visualization. (Chat participants: 유혜종, 박수조)
Body Network II - Carbon Footprint
The human body is a complicated network, but has evolved so much that the substances required by our body can be made through any three-step chemical reaction on average. This is a data visualization work created based on the notion that the most efficient network inside the human body can be applied to future internet design.
The first version of Body Network applied neural network and visualized the data –on pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, fine dust and ozone- sent every hour to 39 monitoring stations from Seoul’s air pollution service; Body Network II – Carbon Footprint is a project where Seoul Square’s media façade and urban screens such as tablet PCs and smart phones are synced and interact, hoping for the citizens(audience) to reflect for a while on environmental issues.
Carbon footprint is the total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by an individual or organization, through electric devices and everyday fuels included. There has been increasing concerns for global environment, and the project made a survey about the calculation of carbon footprint, one of the big reasons of global warming. When the citizens see the icon for one of the 4 stages/types of greenhouse gas, and touch and drag it on the tablet PC(or smart phone) towards the media façade of Seoul Square, an icon of their amount of emissions appears on the media façade and fades out into the heart inside the Body Network. It is an interactive piece on urban screens, showing individuals’ emissions can be small but influential.