Earth Bits – Sensing the Planetary 

Dotdotdot for maat 


There are infinite ways in which data and scientific research could improve our awareness, yet there is an utmost need for cross collaboration with cultural institutions to make sense of data, to make it accessible for an insightful application of knowledge in all spheres of our life and to the benefit of our society. 



As a visual anticipation of the installation Earth Bits – Sensing the Planetary, this short film aims at plugging visitors into the data-driven story it is tells, which visitors can experience on site at the museum. 


The video voyages through the project’s four key moments, providing an intriguing preview of what the intersecting graphic, digital and interactive contents will offer as conduits to better grasp the centrality of anthropogenic phenomena in the deteriorating state of the climate crisis. These four parts are: “Power Rings – Energy Consumption in Portugal (2019 – 2020)”, “The CO2 Mixer – Identifying Human Impact”, “24 Hours – The Ecology and Energy of our Flux”, “Planet Calls – Imaging Climate Change”. 


The graphic language of this animation is directly taken from one of its four components, and it is presented as an abridged temporal and physical stroll through a day in which sneak peeks into the installation Earth Bits are revealed.

Intro image: Excerpt from the video “Earth Bits” by Dotdotdot, visualisation test of the global temperature satellite data painting the digital wallpaper for “Planet Calls - Imaging Climate Change”. © Dotdotdot, 2021. 

(below) Black and lime green coloured version of the illustration for “24 Hours - The Ecology and Energy of our Flux”. © Dotdotdot, 2021.
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Dotdotdot for maat

"Earth Bits – Sensing the Planetary" is a data-driven journey exploring the tenets of the energy transition and the climate crisis, the intrinsic relationship between people and the planet, with the ultimate goal of facilitating an understanding of the repercussion of human choices and therefore the impact of our actions on the environment.  



Earth Bits – Sensing the Planetary 

maat, 2021 


Installation and interaction design by: 

  • Dotdotdot 
    Alessandro Masserdotti, Laura Dellamotta, Fabrizio Pignoloni, Sara Maniscalco, Federica Mandelli, Ambhika Samsen, Daniele Ciminieri, Nicola Ariutti, Giuseppe Cirillo, Tiziano Berti, Martina Merigo 


In partnership with: 

  • Novo Verde  

  • ERP (European Recycling Platform) Portugal  



  • International Energy Agency

With the scientific support of: 

  • European Space Agency  

  • Portugal Space  


  • EDP Innovation 
    Alexandre Gouveia, André Botelho, António Vidigal, Christina Lock, Hugo Albuquerque, Luís Manuel, Mário Guerreiro, Nuno Rodrigues, Pedro Miguel Ferreira, Pedro Tavares Ferreira 


  • EDP Sustainability – Climate and Environment  
    Ana Júlia Pinto, Pedro Paes, Sara Goulartt 


  • EDP Distribution

Dotdotdot is a multidisciplinary design studio founded in Milan in 2004 with a heterogeneous team of over 20 people including architects, designers, developers, engineers, sound designers and storytellers.  

The studio uses design and technology to create new and unique ways for humans to interact with the world, in a continuum between physical and digital space, with research and technological innovation at the core of each project.  

In 2014, Dotdotdot founded OpenDot a "fab lab", a research and open innovation hub accessible to everyone and based in Milan.

“maat Explorations” is an ongoing programme that delves into the socio-cultural and environmental transformations concerning the current bio crisis and ecological destruction, providing insight into the hard science of climate intervention and the creative speculations behind innovation-led research to safeguard our planetary co-existence. 

Prominent in this strand is the installation Earth Bits – Sensing the Planetary, that opens access to the complex interconnectedness between the environmental and the energetic quests and its reverberation through decades of artistic production, political and cultural movements traced from the 1960s until today.