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every thing every time: Data Poetry Workshop

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Hulme Community Garden Centre

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You are invited to join the multi-award-winning, 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.

  • The workshop will start promptly at 2 pm.
  • Accessible for wheelchair users
  • You will be required to bring your own laptop for the workshop but paper, pens and refreshments will be provided. A limited number of laptops will be available to borrow but you must email us in advance to secure this.
  • For more information please contact sarah@futureeverything.org or 0161 232 4600

every thing every time is created by Naho Matsuda. Commissioned by CityVerve in partnership with FutureEverything. Supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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About Bad Language

Bad Language is a literature organisation based in Manchester dedicated to the promotion and development of new writing. Over the past five years they have worked with Manchester Museum, the Royal Exchange. Not Part Of, Kendal Calling, Literature Across Frontiers, Waterstones, Blackwell’s, small presses and many more.

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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’?

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About Naho Matsuda

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Naho Matsuda graduated from the MA Interaction Design at Goldsmiths in 2016. Her own practice investigates the social and cultural issues found within contemporary technological practice through a range of design outputs, processes and methodologies. With a particular interest in social engagement and interactive experiences, her trans-disciplinary approach uses a diversity of media including performance, objects, installation, print and writing.

Naho is one of FutureEverything’s FAULT LINES artists. Supported through an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence award, FAULT LINES is an artist talent development programme which aims to encourage the development of new artwork across forms and sectors, exploring how artists can have an impact on innovation in the technology sector. The selected artists will explore contemporary issues in their work and use artistic approaches to translate challenging concepts into experiences or tangible forms. Up to twelve new commissions with technology and arts partners will be developed over the two year duration of the project.

About CityVerve

CityVerve will see Manchester transform into a ‘smart city’ demonstrating the power of IoT technologies to revolutionise and improve city services across health and social care, transport and mobility, energy and environment, culture and the public realm, delivering a smarter city, which is safer and more efficient, with lower environmental impact, increased health benefits, and empowered citizens. CityVerve aims to provide a replicable model for other cities to follow in the UK and further afield.

CityVerve will demonstrate applications of IoT, adding sensors and data analysis to equipment throughout the city, in four key areas: health and social care; culture and community; transport; and energy and environment. The ‘smart’ improvements in these areas will help deliver more efficient and personal products and services to Manchester’s citizens, strengthening its stance as a Northern Powerhouse city.

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