The scientific foundation of this project draws upon three intertwined frameworks that aim to highlight limits to the Earth’s ecosystem, as well as social thresholds for a sustainable development.
This project is about the creation of physical artifacts that are based on environmental data of the planetary boundary framework, in a method that is in line with the concept of data physicalization and data sculptures. The aim is to take on this artistic approach of data sculptures and apply it on functional objects, to incorporate the abstract data into the everyday life of humans and thus make it more relatable. Such an approach should evoke some form of realization about the severity of the current situation of the earth’s systems and enable people to engage with information in more multi-sensoral and emotional ways.
For each boundary, generative processes construct a version of everyday object, based on the underlying data. The procedural systems are therefore designed in a way that undesirable bio-chemical data leads to a declining degree of usability, up to a point where the object gets useless at all. In this way the object does not just convey meaning through its sensual appearance, but also through the degree of functionality.