Reflected Reality

This project is an interactive art installation accompanied by a database that addresses the adverse environmental effect of the global manufacturing process considering the textile industry of Bangladesh as a case study. The project Reflected Reality is an attempt to emphasize environmental communication and encourage our collective responsibility. The project will demonstrate that the developed countries share a crucial responsibility as the primary consumer of the products manufactured in these polluted countries. The project will outline different facets of environmental pollution and illustrates how people from these polluted countries suffer without getting the deserved benefit from the manufacturing process.  

Water Pollution Installation

The installation showcases the dying process of the textile industry. The goal of this project is to remind the viewers how their colorful clothes cause water pollution by emitting harmful chemicals. This installation picks the colors from the participant's dress and flows them through the sculptural waterbody.

Method: image processing, painting fabrication.

Software: MATLAB, Arduino.

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Sound Pollution Installation

The average noise level in the working areas in the textile industries is approximately 78 dB, even though WHO (World Health Organization) has declared the optimum level of noise to maintain a healthy environment as 45 dB by day and 35 dB by night. Industry noise exceeding these levels can have severe impacts on human health.

This installation is designed to make the audience feel the physical turmoil the workers feel all day, even if they are listening only for a minute. I walked around the factory for a few hours and got exhausted by the sound of hundreds of sewing machines running. After my visit, I decided to transfer this monotonous screeching sound to my exhibition area. I designed a screen displaying the sound level accompanying the sound

Air Pollution Installation

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A study done in 41 textile plants collected environmental data on the presence of air pollutants including PM (fine particulate matter) and formaldehyde in the air. These chemical compounds are severely harmful to people who are working inside textile plants.

If formaldehyde enters the body unconstrained from external sources through either inhalation or ingestion of substances for a long time, it can decrease the number of white blood cells and possibly lower platelet and hemoglobin counts. As humans are incapable of seeing the air pollutants with naked eyes, I decided to visualize it symbolically.