Ars Electronica Award of Distinction
We congratulate our alumna Agnes Meyer-Brandis who recieved the Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica 2015 for her project ‘Teacup Tools’ in the category Hybrid Art.
‘Teacup Tools’ is an array of cybernetic teacups, adapting themselves to the realm of climate-related sciences. The work appears as a multifunctional tool for the investigation of micro clouds above tea, for communication and for tea drinking. The tea and its clouds are made from anything falling from the sky: aerosols, residues, rain and data computation. It is literally boiled by the calculations of the massive amount of collected data. The sculptures have a nomadic quality. Like parasites they can be found next to aerosolˡ measurement stations, in parks, on streets, on roofs or in the neighborhood of research laboratories. The ‘Global Teacup Network’ draws attention to the investigation of the invisible and borderless air and its aerosolsˡ—tiny particles of organic and inorganic matter, with a major impact on cloud formation, crucial to weather and climate.
ˡAerosol =“solution of particles in air (ancient Greek “a-er” = “air”; Latin “solutus” = “dissolved”).