Day-to-Day Data Exhibition Development Workshop was held at the Angel
Row Gallery in Nottingham on 23 & 24 August 2004. It was attended by the
initial group of ten artists. Below is a synopsis of each of the artist’s
presentation at the workshop and a brief outline of their initial proposal for
the Day-to-Day Data exhibition. Independent curator Sarah
Cook also attended the workshop and gave a presentation. Her specially commissioned
text summarising the discussions that arose at the workshop can be read in the
context section of the website.
Abigail presented a brief outline of her algorithmic form methodology and shared
her research of tracking word histories and genealogy. She presented word maps
that show how a group of words connect to one another etymologically or semantically.
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition Abigail proposes to develop a collaged
word map whereby household objects are assigned a word based on the volume of
the object, rather than any other linguistic system. The size of the object
is directly proportional to the word's lifetime. The words are written directly
onto the images, which are arranged to describe the word's relationships.
Adele’s presentation explored her fascination with the little things in
life that often get overlooked. The things that we do every day with out even
thinking about it: eating, brushing our teeth, having a cup of tea, scratching
our head, folding our bus ticket. She explained her methods of closely examining
these things and breaking them down into little rituals.
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition Adele proposes to present her research
into the abandoned shopping trolleys, which she constantly spots around town.
Seemingly left by people who had too much shopping and considered one pound
a fair price for the abduction of a trolley. She plans to photograph these trolleys,
capturing them, looking dejected, but sometimes kind of liberated as they venture
further away from the supermarket.
Charlotte discussed her fascination in readily available statistics, which are
expressed in terms of how frequently an everyday event is occurring on a global
scale. She explained her interest in the way information is reconfigured and
expressed in this manner for added dramatic effect.
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition Charlotte proposes to make an 8-channel
sound piece. Using statistics such as ‘Every
second 2650 cups of tea are drunk in the UK’, the computer will trigger
a sound sample to play every ‘so many’ seconds in correspondence
with the statistic. They will all overlap to create a cacophony of sound.
Christian is the designer and creator of Bio Mapping. The Bio Mapping
device measures Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of
emotional arousal, in conjunction with geographical location using GPS. At the
exhibition development workshop, all the delegates had the opportunity to experiment
with the device whilst walking through Nottingham city centre and to saw the
results in their own Bio Map movies.
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition Christian would like to show the
computer generated movies of people’s walks with 3D maps showing buildings
being elevated by communal GSR level. He is also considering running a four
day Bio Mapping workshop during the exhibition.
For her presentation, Ellie attempted to trace back to the beginnings of her
fascination with the data of everyday life. She explored her working methods
of excessively accumulating data and manipulating its meaning by representing
it in a removed context.
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition, Ellie is keen to develop a Daily
Data Display Wall, which will be the ultimate experiment in modes of data
visualisation. She will collect data about her daily activities for each day
of the exhibition. At the end of each day, the data will be collated and emailed
to the gallery staff who will use it to re-configure the Daily Data Display
Wall. It will have a different appearance for each day of the exhibition.
Hannah discussed her
interest in satirically translating the emotions of human behavior and relationships
into analytical list or chart form. For the exhibition development workshop,
Hannah produced a WEC (Workshop Evaluation Checklist), which all the delegates
completed as part of the summarisation at the end of the day.
For the Day-to-Day Data Exhibition Hannah proposes to make and exhibit
a set of Daily Efficiency and Behavioral Analysis Charts. The charts
help monitor the regularity and stringency of a person's routine, while recording
their behavioral interaction with others.
Helen’s presentation explored her assigned role as a quasi-scientific
meddler destined to examine the arcane elements of everyday living. She discussed
her somewhat obsessional methodology and considerered the invaluable assistance
offered by the database in collating the vast quantities of research she obtains.
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition Helen proposes to formulate Day-to-Day
Divinations, using research into randomly occurring data from within
her everyday experiences. Through this experimentation she hopes to find,
and share, the ultimate formula for happiness.
Lucy presented her recent projects, which reveal some of the ambiguities inherent
in attempts to measure value. These include Audit - a book which documents
the process of asking people who know her ‘What am I worth?’ and
the LIX Index - a one year web-based performance index representing
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition, Lucy proposes to develop a new
project within an ongoing body of work she groups under the title I measure
therefore I am. She will explore the ways in which data collected can be represented
and interacted with in the gallery space.
Richard talked about his previous work and then presented four proposals for
the Day-to-Day Data exhibition, which collectively address how technology
can augment data handling:
ProseBot would use text-to-speech software to fill a room with found
spam-poetry. Nail Salon Belt would generate real-time data on the
distribution of nail salons in Greater London. Things#2 would use
algorithmic software to collate and project three years’ worth of personal
notebook entries. Google Rating would explore the correlation between
self-Googling and the pound / dollar exchange rate.
Unfortunately Tony was not able to attend the exhibition development workshop.
A short presentation was made on his behalf outlining his ongoing working
method of combining to two isolated sets of data in an unexpected way and
introducing his proposed work for the exhibition.
Twice a week Tony eats pizza while watching the evening news on television.
For the Day-to-Day Data exhibition Tony proposes to rigorously document
and analyse this activity in a number of different ways. The resulting research
will be seen on jigsaw puzzles, bearing images showing various interpretations
of the processed information.
Sarah is co-editor of CRUMB (the Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss)
and is currently a post-doctoral curator and researcher at the University
of Sunderland in conjunction with BALTIC. Sarah is also a member of the Faculty
of Taxonomy at the University of Openess.
Sarah made an introductory presentation, contextualising the Day-to-Day
Data exhibition in relation to a trend in contemporary new media art
in the databasing of information and focusing on the issues of the gallery-based
presentation of data-driven artworks. She commented on the lessons learned
from the conference on Data-based Art she organised for BALTIC last September,
and discussed the ideas behind and some of the works in her international
group exhibition Database Imaginary, which opened at the Walter Phillips
Gallery at the Banff Centre in Canada in November 2004 (co-curated with Steve
Dietz and Anthony Kiendl).