Onca Gallery
14 St Georges Place
Date and time
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Talking Mephitic Air

A discussion event exploring the ideas and questions raised by Mephitic Air.

Mephitic Air is a data sonification and visualisation installation by artists Wesley Goatley and Tobias Revell. It explores new immersive methods of understanding the local and global systems of air pollution, and the data through which it is measured.

Join Wesley and a panel of guests for a lively discussion exploring the issues raised by the art work.

The panel:
*Wesley Goatley, sound artist and researcher

* Alice Bell, Head of communications, 10:10 – a charity that runs positive, practical projects focused on tackling climate change at the community level, and turns these local actions into a force for bigger changes.

*Dr Kevin Wyche, Lecturer in Atmospheric Science at Brighton University’s School of Environment and Technology, and founding member of the University of Brighton Air Environment Research (AER) team.

* Martin Harris, Managing Director, Brighton & Hove Bus Co. Martin has worked in the bus industry for 35 years, and is a passionate advocate for sustainable public transport.


For this year’s Brighton Digital Festival, Creative Producer Laurence Hill and ONCA have co-commissoned Wesley and Tobias to produce Mephitic Air which will measure the air quality outside the ONCA gallery – on one of Brighton’s busiest roads. The installation will be on display between 15th September and 1st October. This work was originally made in consultation with the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London, and shown at Somerset House, London as part of Utopia 2016, and London Design Festival 2016.

Wesley Goatley is a sound artist and researcher in critical data aesthetics. His practice examines opaque power and hidden processes in data and networked technologies through installations, objects, and talks, with regular exhibitions and events in mainland Europe and North America. He is currently undertaking a PhD through a scholarship from the Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex, and he teaches Sonic Media on the University of Brighton’s Digital Media, Culture and Society MA.

As well as being an internationally exhibiting artist, Tobias Revell is Course Leader of MA Interaction Design Communication at the London College of Communication, Senior Lecturer in Critical and Digital Design for Information and Interface Design and Interaction Design Arts, and a founding member of research consultancy Strange Telemetry. He is one half of Haunted Machines, a research and curatorial project curating Impakt festival 2017 in Utrecht, NL. He is currently undertaking a PhD in the Design Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

This event will be British Sign Language interpreted and the main gallery is wheelchair accessible. Please note that due to the nature of the building ONCA does not have an accessible toilet. There is one gender neutral toilet up 5 steps. However, visitors are welcome to use the toilets at the North Laine pub just up the road. If you have any specific access requirements or any questions related to this please contact our Gallery Manager: lydia@onca.org.uk / 01273 607101

Funded by Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove Buses.











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