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07. Bat Pods

2007, Bat House Project Competition

In humanity‚Äôs fascination for understanding the elusive bat, the role of mediating technologies — such as thermal imaging devices, for example — have enabled scientists to more potently visualize (typically hard-to-see) bat populations on many levels, from the study of bat physiology to the inquiry into bat navigation and behaviour. Deliberately crossing the instruments of research with the fabrication of highly visible bat-beacons, this project brings the desires of science-driven visualization to the public realm. By day, the Pods serve as environments for bats to sleep. By night, when the bats are out and about, various exterior LED screens exhibit thermal imaging footage of the structures’ inhabitants, as recorded previously during the day.