every thing every time: Data Poetry Workshop

Time: 14:00 -17:00

Venue: Hulme Community Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley Street, St. George's, M15 5RG

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Manchester-based live literature team Bad Language and the artist Naho Matsuda to a workshop offering an insight into the unusual methods Naho undertook to create the live poetry for every thing every time.

The poetry for every thing every time is created by a computer programme that interacts in real-time with information created and collected by CityVerve from the city of Manchester. The artist Naho Matsuda created this programme, giving it a set of rules for shaping and presenting each line of the never ending and ever changing poem. Participants of the workshop will produce poetry utilising similar techniques to Naho, whilst creating unique pieces of literature.

About every thing every time

every thing every time, an artwork by Naho Matsuda, takes information from our interactions within the city to tell a new story about the people and the places of Manchester.

With the rise of the ‘Smart City’ asking important questions of what we want from the future, where do we see ourselves in it? As Manchester’s citizens interact with the city, a poem is generated, made anonymous and resonated across several locations, from a garden centre to a public library; a university square to a city laboratory.

A meditation on the data that passes through the fabric of the city each day, every thing every time questions not only the role data has in our lives, but the use and value it has as it is collected. Can we see the urban landscape differently through the technologies that make sense of it?

“every thing every time is a piece of real-time digital writing, which is drawing from the many ‘things’ and ‘events’ and changes of ‘status’ that are constantly happening in Manchester,” says artist Naho Matsuda. “In every thing every time I have turned these data streams into narratives formatted as poems, that are stripped from their location information and any data transmitting purpose. Smart information becomes impractical poetry."

In a new collaboration with CityVerve, the UK’s demonstrator for Smart Cities, every thing every time uses their developing data platform to gather various data streams from sensors measuring weather, traffic and travel to more. These data streams are turned into an ephemeral, poetic narrative that give a glimpse into into the ubiquity of technology in the urban space. What does data become without its informational value? And what happens to all the data that is collected from our ‘smart cities’?