Sensor Poetics – Kjen Wilkens

The weather has long been a safe topic for conversation to avoid sensitive or personal matter. Despite this mundane connotation of talking about the weather, it often plays a significant role in organizing autobiographical memory. Most of us remember special situations from the past related to weather events. In fact there is a whole subculture of weather enthusiasts who measure, predict and discuss the weather in their spare time. Some are going on storm chases others just like to compare the amount of rain fallen in their garden every year.

What if we would use a weather ‘camera’ instead of a photo camera to capture special moments? As a sensor device it could record wind, light, temperature, humidity and air quality for the current time and location. How would we use this sensor data to tell the stories of these moments? How would we share these stories with our family and friends? Would we engage in ‘casual storm chasing’?

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