A Memorial for the Still Living. Premiered at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. Upcoming show at the Horniman Museum in London.

Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience. MIT Press; Leonardo Book Series. ed., Beatriz da Costa & Kavita Philip.

Invisible Earthlings Workshop. [as part of "Species We Live With"]

Pigeonblog [documentation & ephemera] on view at Sweeney Art Gallery in Riverside, CA.

The Place of Art in the Age of Biotechnological Reproducibility. (pdf) [Review of Tactical Biopolitics in "BioSocieties."]

Processes, Issues AIR: Toward Reticular Politics. (pdf) [Full fledged article about Preemptive Media's and my work in "Australian Humanities Review."]

Interview with Beatriz da Costa. (pdf) [by Alessandro Ludovico, "Neural Magazine."]

Preemptive Media Preemptive Media is a collaborative operating at the nexus of art, activism and technology.

Beatriz da Costa is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. She works at the intersection of art, politics, engineering and the life sciences.

AIR 2006 - 08
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AIR 2006-08

AIR was a public, social experiment in which people were invited to use Preemptive Media's portable air monitoring devices to explore their neighborhoods and urban environments for pollution and fossil fuel burning hotspots.

Participants or "carriers" were able to see pollutant levels in their current locations, as well as simultaneously view measurements from the other AIR devices in the network. An on-board GPS unit and digital compass, combined with a database of known pollution sources such as power plants and heavy industries, allowed carriers to see their distance from polluters as well. The AIR devices regularly transmitted data to a central database allowing for real time data visualization on this website.

While AIR was designed to be a tool for individuals and groups to self identify pollution sources, it also served as a platform to discuss energy politics and their impact on environment, health and social groups in specific regions.

The project launched September 14, 2006, in New York City. A preliminary worskhop was held on June 24. Since 2006, Preemptive Media has exhibited and demonstrated AIR in Long Beach, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Australia; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and San Francisco, CA.

view original project website: AIR website

AIR received funding and support from Eyebeam in New York and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.