In the field to on the canvas
In the field, the glass filter tape collects samples of particulate matter (PM) and is an integral element of the Acoem Met One BAM monitor range with instruments that continuously measure the mass concentration of ambient PM in the atmosphere.
Acoem Met One BAM monitors (like the BAM 1022, BAM 1020 and E-BAM) employ an inline sampling geometry in which the attenuation of beta rays across filter media (the tape) is measured and PM is sampled simultaneously. They provide an accurate, real-time measure for pollution by detecting precise levels of the world’s most common air quality pollutants, PM10 and PM 2.5.
Like so many of Acoem’s projects, sourcing large amounts of used BAM tape from our monitoring sites across Australia was a collaborative effort. Acoem teams from Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria all contributed to bringing this artwork to life.
Tomás Saraceno’s Ocean Air exhibition – curated by Mona’s Emma Pike and Olivier Varenne –featuring We Do Not All Breathe the Same Air is on display at Mona until 24 July 2023.
*(Image credit: Jesse Hunniford, courtesy of Studio Tomás Saraceno and Mona, 2022)