INFORMAL READING STATION
Koening Johnson and Lucia Monge
In Peru, economic activity outside the legal frame is referred to as informal. Informal labour supports many families and generates from its, almost invisible position, the development and spontaneous growth of Lima. This makes the “informals” a producing force that became form-less because they are outside the established frame.
If the in-formals have lost their form, we have decided to look for it by establishing a parallel between the natural forces shaping an environment and the working force of its population. The weather is also composed of a group of “in-formal” forces working and producing even when unnoticed. This is an on going project that so far has focused its interest on wind and humidity.
We measure wind activity through an instrument we designed and named Aeolus graphing device. It is composed of a tripod with a hanging pen that gives away the shape of the activity on that specific location. We have measured the wind activity of every district in our city in an attempt to map the working forces. We focus on large-scale readings of specific geographic locations as well, the biggest measuring carried out involved 80, one metre tall devices.
Humidity on the other hand, unlike the energetic production of wind, provokes not the appearance of form but the disappearance of it by sinking the landscape in its dense fog. In Lima we can experience as much as 99% of atmosphere humidity, while finding ourselves in the middle of the desert, all this water not only shapes our visuals but hangs on top of us like a suspended possibility.