Air Matters: Learning from Heathrow is an exhibition that explores the politics of air. Focusing on the neighbourhood of Heathrow, it seeks to engage with the air’s materiality, occupation, and contestation, as well as with the potential and limitations of representing these themes by means of art.
For some, the air is a hyper-modern space of networks and travel. For others, it is what they must breathe. Such diverse requirements within a single neighbourhood creates a significant societal challenge that has implications for sustainable development, well-being, and human dignity. Air Matters responds to this challenge with newly-commissioned artworks, walking tours, workshops and a symposium. It brings together artists, community groups, environmental scientists, industry professionals and scholars in order to connect diverse approaches and produce fresh thought. It is aimed at all those who have a stake in the neighbourhood’s environment and for whom art is a gateway to its discovery and transformation.