Dust instrument


The National museum - dust to dust

1. What can a dust sensor tell us about a place?
2. How can we communicate the moving process of the National Museum - from the emptiness in the closed museum buildings, to the activity happening at the new building site.

The project was also a study in abstract interactions. The Dust Instrument is an interactive installation that lets you listen to the dust  in  two different, but connected, buildings. It connects you with places that are normally closed for the public.


You can move the instrument in two positions, representing two buildings - the one you're standing in front of, and one that is somewhere else.


When you touch it you hear heartbeats. A lot of dust represents activity, and the pulse rises. In abandoned places, the dust will eventually settle down, and the heartbeats will stop. It can also surprise you, by letting you know that even if a building looks dead, there still might be a lot of activity inside. 


By Andreea Tecusan and Helene Falstad
Course: Master course 'Tangiable Interactions'
When: 4th year, autumn semester 2017 at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Duration: 4 weeks
Materials: steel
Aim of project: prototype an experience using film