The ecological philosopher Morton defined a superobject as a massive entity that is massively distributed in time and space, such as global warming. The concept of superobjects as theoretical lenses enables a new view of climate interconnection. And dust, as a widely distributed but neglected role in our daily lives, is far more contagious than we think. We take dust, the basic unit of climate-connected superobjects, as the carrying core of our research.
HyperDust - Finding Sahara
1.Looking for climate interconnection
The tiny, invisible dust that we ignore is a microcosm of a huge problem, contributing to climate change, global warming, the spread of harmful substances, transnational ecological impacts, and an important source of nutrients for the Amazon rainforest. It exposes the full scale of the climate problem and even the interconnectedness of everything.
To use Morton's concept, dust is a superobject. Dust is not limited by time and space, it can complete a natural force led by the exchange of matter across time and space. Theoretically speaking, we in Beijing might have missed a dust from the Sahara. In order to convey this concept, we launched the art project - Looking for the Sahara.
First of all, starting from the concept of climate interconnection, we focused on Sahara, the largest dust source in the world. Taking Sahara as the center of the world, we re-projected a map of the world in line with our philosophy and used it as a blueprint for the experiment.
Working with atmospheric scientists, we tried to create conceptual art through a special atmospheric physics experiment, looking for the one from the distant Sahara among the countless dust particles that passed us by.
Atmospheric scientists found an ideal route for aerosol dust from Sahara to Beijing, and obtained relevant data from meteorological observation stations from open source meteorological data website to establish the best transmission path, deduce the time of sample collection, and build relevant climate models for the route.
Under this ideal climate model, one of the thousands of Saharan aerosol dust particles would follow an 800-kilometer-long cloud this winter across Greece, into the Icelandic low, the prevailing westerly winds to the Mongolia-Siberia High, and finally into Beijing and on to us.
Finally, we met the dust from the Sahara 10,000 kilometers away on the roof of a high-rise building in Beijing during the fourth cold wave from November 30 to December 2.
Collect dust concentration data
4.Detection of dust
The nature and Tropospheric Formation of Iberulites Scientific analysis by Pinkish Mineral Microspherulites has compiled a table of the main components and typical elements of Saharan dust, such as biological remains (plankton, possible viruses, etc.) and minerals (silicates, carbonates, etc.), and visualised them in three dimensions. Finally, through the composition detection and comparison of dust collected, the "super-dust" from the Sahara is locked, and the last link of the experiment of utopian art based on science is completed.
Bai Heran，Bai Yuqi，Guo Yizhuo，Lv Weikang，Liu Linxi
The work focuses on the reconstruction of the survival relationship between human beings and diseased soil in the post-industrial era. This paper focuses on the pathological soil problems of industrial pollution -- soil acidification and heavy metal pollution.
We in shijiazhuang, for example the 12 soil samples, and ph ph experiment, and connecting with the problems of the main source of soil and soil heavy metal content data research, the pathological soil as the main raw material made of brick and stone, as a result of the soil identity and data communication media, the concept of performance is the cornerstone of the people's livelihood. As a medium, brick and stone make sick soil return to the environment of human life with a new identity, warning us to re-examine the relationship between human production activities and ecological environment.
The attention and influence brought by soil masonry constitute a virtuous cycle of the relationship of "production activity - soil pollution - life survival", which symbolizes the progressive process of "ecology - life - survival".
"Resoil" focuses on the reconstruction of the survival relationship of morbid soil in the post-industrial era: China is an agrarian nation, and has a strong dependence on land. Soil, to some extent, reflects the connection between people and soil in production and life. Since the era of industrial Revolution, soil has been polluted more and more and gradually morbid, reflecting many remaining problems. Under the theme of "Relationship remolding", we investigate the definition, current situation and historical and cultural background of soil, focus on the sick soil problem, and return to the roots of human life.
The creation takes Shijiazhuang soil as the entry point: As a political moat, Shijiazhuang has a rich variety of factories, and is often referred to as "the city pulled by train", which is a typical industrialized city. Shijiazhuang's many factories have gone through many changes over time, with some shuttered and others still working, making it an industrial area full of traces of production. We collect soil samples from textile factories, thermal power plants, printing plants, chemical plants, pharmaceutical plants, oil refineries and so on.
Image recording of sampling area
Data measurement record
Soil acidification and heavy metal pollution are the main soil problems caused by factory production. Most of the ph and ph test results of 12 soil samples collected from 10 factories showed significant acidity. After that, the sample experimental results were exported as visual images, which were displayed corresponding to the collection factories by means of atlas.
Color image recording
Wang Qi，Liu Sihan，Chen Qixin，Yang Mingyue，Li Jiayi
Carbon Uni — CAFA校园碳排放数字孪生平台
Carbon Uni is a digital twin platform that hopes to realize multi-dimensional environmental scene perception, real-time recording of material and energy, timely quantification of Carbon emissions and multi-participation of ecological behavior for more universities, starting from The Central Academy of Fine Arts. From carbon emission factors, influencing factors and calculating model of three dimensions to the underlying platform to build, through quantitative carbon management, linking people and the environment, strengthen the school and personal perception of carbon data, the future construction of ecological civilization responsibilities, to promote school joint green data sharing platform to build more, to promote the establishment of the alliance for a green environment, organization and development.
Backgroud research/Data collection
In the context of the "dual carbon" goal, new changes are taking shape. It's easy to get close to the big goal, but it's hard to get close to the action around you. We propose to start from our own identity as students, in the current period from recognition to action, to help the construction of ecological civilization in the future. We obtained energy consumption data, student life behavior data, plant distribution data and carbon emission factor data of CAFA2016-2021 through field research, questionnaire, literature research and other methods, analyzed and calculated them, and obtained 11,177 sets of platform data in total.
Carbon Uni 1.0-2.0
Finally, quantifying campus Carbon management, linking people and environment, and enhancing Carbon data perception are taken as the service objectives and design objectives of Carbon Uni. After that, simulation and iteration of the platform are carried out.
Carbon Uni 1.0 visualizes part of the Carbon emission data to achieve the interaction between total energy consumption and building energy consumption
Carbon Uni 2.0 realizes the establishment of three major platforms of CAFA: interactive display of building energy consumption changes, interactive simulation of Carbon emissions in students' life, and micro plant adoption plan through understanding, linking and action.
By interacting with the platform, participants can view the proportion of energy consumption of various types in CAFA campus. The change of carbon emissions of water, electricity and gas in different buildings (Spaces) and different time periods (time); Carbon uptake and distribution species of campus plants; The impact of personal life behavior on the overall campus per capita carbon emissions; CAFA's per capita carbon emissions are compared with those of other groups, and eventually participate in plant adoption.
After understanding and linking, combined with the characteristics of the student group, we will micro-quantify the actions and infiltrate the knowledge of carbon emission factors. We propose to "grow a plant in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee."