Simon Weckert
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Performance, 2021

Short Version:

Air is traded here! At the Airmarket, the air becomes a commodity, which can be purchased and is managed by the Airmarket. Air pollution is the scene of ecological and economic injustice. The resulting exhaust gas concentrations are not compatible with health and go hand in hand with the fact that more and more people will breathe polluted air in the future.
This is why visitors can now secure clean air so that it does not become scarce in the future. At the Airmarket, airspace can be purchased in the trade with data and selected from an assortment. After the purchase, an official document certifies the right to airspace.

Long Version:

A start-up offers air from Banff National Park. 7.7 liters of fresh air from the Canadian Rocky Mountains cost 21 euros for 150 inhalations. Most of the buyers the Canadian air comes from Chinese metropolises. John Granow, a businessman from Lakeside collects Welsh country air in bottles and sells them with a Certificate of Authenticity. Its clientele, mostly Welsh people living abroad, can so let native air be sent to the new place of residence. During the World Cup In 2006 in Germany, fans could buy air at the Dortmunder Stadion. While the land and stadium air are nothing more than irconic memorabilia, the Orders from China have a more serious background. The people in the big cities are suffering particularly strong under air pollution. Air becomes a resource that is traded with will. A resource indispensable for life. The “AirMarket” is intended to address trading in air. For this, the air is divided in cubic meter units for sale.

Airmarket is an interactive performance in public space, at a stock exchange booth, without money but with imaginary "aircoins", in which air can be traded. Representative of the Cubic meters, buyers receive a certificate with a site plan, photo and a Token of a smart contract writtin into a blockchain, which verifies the air they have bought.

The value of a cubic meter of air is based on 3 factors:

Geographical location: Depends on whether the cubic meter of air is near the city center or located outside.

Air quality: Is determined using air measurement stations at different locations near by the airmarket, which with the help of sensors, fine dust pollution a been recorded and the air quality is transmited this to the airmarket. The used sensors are based on the air quality index "LQI" measuring method which is an indicator of general air quality and it is hereby attempted to assess the short-term effects of air pollutants and clearly present on human health.

Demand: arises from the area of the most purchased cubic meters.

With the interactive performance, the project wants to focus on the burden on animals and humans through air pollution and publish the collected data in a interactive map on a website in order to contribute a part to air clean up and raise a collective awareness of air pollution form. Because measurements alone are not enough to make air cleaner. It is nessecary to reduce the pollutant emissions from traffic, industrial plants, power plants and from private households.

In Collaboration with Armandeus Meniak & Lucas Novy

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