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Studio Above&Below Launch Augmented Reality Sculpture Project, Near Now


Digital Atmosphere is a new interactive art installation created by artist duo Studio Above&Below (Daria Jelonek and Perry-James Sugden), supported by Broadway’s Near Now Fellowship programme which helps pioneering artists explore and realise their bold ideas.

Designed to be placed in public spaces, the dynamic sculpture blends the physical with the digital, using a built-in air quality sensor to affect its appearance. Viewers interact with the sculpture using augmented reality (AR) technology to experience the invisible change of air quality in their surroundings.

Air pollution is one of the UK's biggest killers, and is responsible for an estimated 36,000 premature deaths per year. It is particularly impactful in our towns and cities, and disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people in our society. Digital Atmosphere investigates a future in which clear air may be a reality through giving nature a voice. It reveals how technology and art can illuminate the quality of our air and bring us an urgent step closer to a sustainable, zero-emissions future.

The project will be part of an exhibition titled Shaping the Invisible World at HeK in Basel, Switzerland, from January – March 2021. Look out for more news soon about how and when to experience it at Broadway in Nottingham and at other venues across the UK.

Find out more about Studio Above&Below’s Digital Atmosphere project at

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