This winner project was created in January during the '2015 In/Visible Cities: Prototyping Lab' as part of transmediale 2015 in SUPERMARKT - initiated by Public Art Lab in collaboration with Fraunhofer FOKUS and funded by the RWE Foundation.

The ‘Save-O-Meter‘ is a workshop that aims to develop an interactive light device/installation to visualize the consumption of water and energy. The workshop will be held to collect and discuss ideas to save energy and water. Those ideas should be implemented and its results displayed by the end of the day on the light object/installation.

The aim of the project is to draw attention to the high consumption of important resources and to make people lower their consumption of these resources. We believe that doing this with an interactive tool is an effective way to show people that each of us can contribute to achieve an overall goal.


Photograph: © Frank Vinken; © Jana Mörmann / Public Art Lab


Artist biography

Ricardo O'Nascimento is an artist and researcher in the field of new media and interactive art. He investigates body-environment relations focused on interface development for worn devices, interactive installations and hybrid environments. He is the founder of POPKALAB - a design/research studio focused on innovation in the field of wearable technology.

Achim Friedland is an open source software developer, author and photography enthusiast. His interests lie where technology, transparency, security and Linked Open Data meet with the user base creating new insights. Together with the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany he is currently setting up a local OK Lab for the people of Jena.

Melanie Nobis works currently as an Sales and Consultations Agent at the tourist information centre of VisitBerlin. She holds a bachelor degree in International Tourism Management as well as a master degree in Tourism and Regional Planning.  In general, her focus lies on sustainable urban development as well as community based tourism.