akA 2015

The quality of groundwater is heavily affected by modern life: industrial discharges, urban activities, waste disposal and other human activities contaminate drinking and irrigation water with undesirable pollutants. Looking for innovative ways to supply agricultural fields with clean water, artist Rihards Vitols is currently experimenting with a new type of agronomy that relies on “cloud-farming”. In his scenario, farmers will raise thousands of helium balloons above their land to collect water from the cloud.

/By Regine/

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In the beginning the project was about clouds. I wanted to collect and archive data from clouds over my great-grandparents land, which I did using weather balloons and attaching humidity and temperature sensors to them. After a while I started to notice that balloons are slowly losing height. I took one of them down to check if there was a leak. But instead I noticed that small water drops are all over the balloon surface. Then the winter came and I had some time to think about how I could work with this process. During the Autumn a lot of people around me were talking about the future of water and then the idea about akA and Cloud Farming came into my head.

Data Collecting
Everything started whit idea to collect data of the clouds over the grand-grandparents land. I wanted to use them to create a installation which would change in real time. After finding out that it is possible to collect water from the clouds. This data gained a whole new meaning. Now they can be used as information for other farmers who would like to rent or buy this land for their cloud farm.

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Data Interpretation
I collected data in for places around the property. Having lots of numbers is not easy just to show them as interesting thing. There fore I created two different data visualizations. First is graphical images which shows difference between temperature and and humidity. Second one is 3D objects which shows humidity in clouds.

CloudFarm
I collected data in for places around the property. Having lots of numbers is not easy just to show them as interesting thing. There fore I created two different data visualizations. First is graphical images which shows difference between temperature and and humidity. Second one is 3D objects which shows humidity in clouds.

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