Citizen Sense 2016 - 2017

The Dustboxes are a series of low-tech air pollution data collectors, housed in a ceramic case resembling an air pollutant particle. Residents of Deptford in London were able to borrow these devices for free from their local library to measure air pollution in their own areas. Each Dustbox streamed real-time data to an online platform, available for all to view at citizensense.net.

Courtesy of the artist. Citizen Sense is a research and practice group based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Citizen Sense is led by Jennifer Gabrys, working in collaboration with Helen Pritchard and Lara Houston, along with community members, creative practitioners and scientific consultants. Citizen Sense is currently funded by the European Research Council (ERC).


Ceramic structure; electronics; sensing equipment. Dimensions: 15cm diameter


The New Observatory
June 2017 – October 2017 at FACT, Liverpool

Data Types

Environmental, Geospatial, Identifiable, Metadata, Open, Real-time, Shared, Streamed, Temporal

About the Artist

The Citizen Sense project is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is funded through a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant. The project, which began in January 2013, investigates the relationship between technologies and practices of…
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