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Select a StudentRebecca Lardeur
Living with CO2
Living with CO2 brings carbon dioxide into the familiar by revisiting known objects, such as a sundial and a scale, designed to interpret the external world.
Due to human activities, carbon dioxide levels are rising, causing the Earth to become warmer. New scientific discoveries provide knowledge, which challenges past insights on the topic. This rapidly developing science can be seen as uncertain, which limits the understanding of the individual and therefore their ability to act. At its current measured levels, carbon dioxide has no smell, no tangibility, and no colour. However, it has an impact that can clearly be observed.
This project materialises the gap between the unseen and the tangible by using one of the byproducts of photosynthesis, wood, as a medium. Photosynthesis intake of carbon dioxide varies with the seasons, affected by the sun's rays. By relating seasonal actions to the carbon cycle, changes become relatable and doubt can be embraced. In time, this can formulate new ways to comprehend and experience the science of carbon dioxide.
The project is based at Stave Hill Ecological Park in London.
School of Communication
MA Information Experience Design
IED: Experimental Design
Rebecca is an experimental researcher and strategic designer focused on climate science communication. Interested in the urgency of climate action, she focuses on the individual's comprehension and adaptation to climate changes.
Rebecca was the president of SustainLab RCA during 2018–2019.
- BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 2016
- 21st Faith, The Workshop, London, 2017 (curator and organiser); Native Instincts First Edition, Maxilla Social Club, London, 2018 (creative producer); Native Instincts Second Edition, The Cause, London, 2018 (creative producer); Native Instincts Third Edition, Bussey Building, London, 2019 (creative producer)