This semester at IAK institute we are teaching a series of undergraduate workshops around the theme of "Becoming Pilot". Inspired by Tomas Saraceno's project the Aerocene, and his aerosolar sculpture launches around the world, we are each developing a course based on one chapter of the FAA Balloon Piloting Manual. My chapter, Weather Theory, involves sensing air, atmosphere, turbulence and weather conditions for launching an aerostatic vehicle. Students are experimenting with various techniques and technologies for sensing environments.
The primary practical exercise this semester is "One Cubit Meter of Busch". Students have demarcated one cubic meter of space in the Uhlandbusch around the Institute where each week they will sense, observe, record, think, move and experiment. Below are some images from the most recent series of experiments involving making air and atmosphere explicit in these spaces.