Volume 19 • Issue 18 | September 15 - 21, 2006

How good is the air we’re breathing Downtown? Portable testing kits allow you to see for yourself.

A bad read

Concerned about air quality in Lower Manhattan? Test it yourself this week when art/technology collective Preemptive Media [PM] launches “AIR,” or Area’s Immediate Reading. Using the first Social Sculpture Commission (SSC) from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Eyebeam, PM developed portable air quality measurement kits to monitor various air pollutants in Lower Manhattan, as well as create data visualizations of their findings. The public is invited to its opening on Thursday, September 14, from 5 PM to 7 PM, to try out one of the devices, and perhaps to even take one away from the storefront where they’ll be modeling the data based upon the readings from devices traveling with volunteers throughout the city. AIR’s temporary headquarters, located in a storefront just east of 125 Maiden Lane, will also be open 9/15, 9/16 & 9/18-21 from 12-7 pm. Visit for more information.


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