Janna Ahrndt (United States of America)

Will you truthfully track your environmental goals?  

Like a Fitbit for your ethical performance, P@tch is a textile-based new media project inspired by punk and DIY culture. Each homemade P@tch uses self-reporting and environmental sensors to allow the user to track their personal and surrounding pollution.

P@tch participants will set their own DISPOSABLE month goal and build their own wearable device to track their progress in real time. Will you self-shame yourself into a more sustainable life?

Are you brave enough to track your exposure to air pollution and become part of the artwork? 

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) monitors air quality throughout Melbourne and Victoria to help people maintain health and wellbeing. Visit the EPA website to see the latest air monitoring results and learn more about air quality in Victoria.

Presented in partnership with the EPA.  


27 & 28 JULY 2019
Workshops to build P@tches

1–18 AUGUST 2019
Open Monday to Friday 11am–6pm, Saturday 12pm–3pm, plus Sunday 18 August 10am–4pm


About the contributor(s): 

Janna Ahrndt (United States of America)

Janna Ahrndt received her MFA in Electronic and Time-Based Art from Purdue University. She is part of a wave of new media artists rejecting the notion that craft and technology are directly opposed. Her work explores how deconstructing everyday technologies, or even making them for yourself, can be used to question larger oppressive systems and create a space for participatory political action. Her activist and social art practice blur the lines between the materiality of craft and the digital realm of new media technologies to create socio-political interventions. She will be presenting her research on the use of DIY electronics as a medium for participatory political art at ISEA 2019 in Gwangju, Korea. 


Mel Huang (Australia)

Mel is an interactive designer for the arts, culture & education sectors collaborating with organisations such as Dark Mofo, NGV and Art Gallery NSW. She is founder of Technecolour, an RMIT sessional lecturer of Creative Coding and is passionate about building communities around the creative side of technology.