Microclimates is an interactive laboratory installation
concerned with the interaction between man and climate. This further development
of the dynamic multi-sense-installation "something in the air"
which contrasted the local (Kunstverein Ulm) and the global (Echigo-Tsumari-Art-Triennial)
climate is concentrating on the themes of climate and CO2-outputs and
the warming of the immediate surroundings - the direct influence of humans
on the climate.
In the center of the installation is a round mirror table, on which 12
petri dishes are installed, which contain 12 backlit satellite (partly
thermographic) images of areas of the earth with extreme climate. Per
video camera and beamer, a picture of the actual sky above the exhibition
space is projected through an opening in the middle of the table onto
the ceiling. The images are mirrored on the polished stainless steel surface
of the table.
The weather data (such as wind velocity and direction, rain, temperature,
humidity) measured by a locally installed weather station, are converted
into signals to drive digital light generators. The scientific data are
translated into different light intensity and allow, in this way, an altered
perception of an everyday phenomenon and make the human influence on the
climate perceivable. In addition, if a person is detected by one of the
thermosensors, which are installed close to the