the backroom is a research-oriented project that provides access to source materials which inform and support artists’ practice. Initiated in August 2005 in Los Angeles, the temporary archive includes objects, videos, magazines, photographs, ephemera, data and written anecdotes from an evolving line-up of over forty artists, filmmakers, writers and architects, from which a series of presentations and projects have developed.
The project intersects with recent public debate in Copenhagen about air pollution in the city. In collaboration with Senior Scientist Jørgen Brandt from The National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark a first prototype is developed for making an indicator that can be placed in the city and display local levels of pollution as well as pollution forecasts on individual streets. The project holds an open source script for displaying data from the Internet in a variety of forms.