v. all that is air melts into city: Speculative Geo-History of a European Emission Allowance

date / location: 1 – 18 May, 2014. London, arebyte gallery, Hackney Wick
performers: 46 dracaena marginata trees, one areca palm, a red trolley, field
data worker (Declan Driver), office data worker (Steffen Michels), me
media: photography, GPS Tracks app, CO2 meter, website, paper prints
website: http://allthatisairmeltsintocity.cc/

Carbon-dioxide (CO2) takes a panoply of embodiments as it circulates between the atmosphere, animal bodies, plants, rocks, motor engines, etc. Various bodies capture, transform, or release carbon-dioxide, contributing to the carbon cycle (Volk, 2008). This vital circulation is all-pervading and ubiquitous but, in a twist of evolution, it is all but intangible to human senses. Through advancements of the climate science, carbon-dioxide has eventually become a major (or minor) public ‘figure’.
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#allthatisair261, website screenshot, 14 May 2014
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#city261, near-infrared photo, 14 May 2014.
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measuring carbon-dioxide concentration in the air, ‘carbon convoy’ transportation performance.
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extract of the value of EU emission allowance from EU ETS
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‘#allthatisair office’, 2 May 2014
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#city051, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) processed from near-infrared imagery, 2 May 2014
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#air068, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) processed from near-infrared imagery, 6 May 2014
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all that is air ‘office’ after day four of performance, 7 May 2014

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#city111, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), 7 May 2014
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#air092, near-infrared imagery, 6 May 2014

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all that is air ‘office’ processing field data and updating the
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‘office’, 9 May 2014
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#city145, near-infrared imagery, 8 May 2014
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#air115, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), 7 May 2014
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‘office’ after day eight, 14 May 2014
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#city212, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), 13 May 2014
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‘office’ after day nine of performance, 15 May 2014
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#air198, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), 9 May 2014
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‘office’ after day six of performance, 9 May 2014
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#city290, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), 15 May 2014

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‘office’, 14 May 2014
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#city307, near-infrared imagery, 16 May 2014
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#air344, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), 15 May 2014
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#city346, near-infrared imagery, 16 May 2014

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beginnings and ends of all that is air, stills from performance, 17 May 2014

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#air015, near-infrared imagery, 1 May 2014