The Whose Data? project explores new and innovative ways in which “live” data can be represented to benefit local people. The four artists working with KWMC on Whose Data? are Julie Myers, Susanne Stahl, Paul Hurley and Richard Layzell.
• Follow Richard Layzell on Twitter throughout Whose Data? at www.twitter.com/layzellkwdata
• Richard is holding a Data Day on Tuesday 14th June at Greenfield School, Knowle West. A frenzy of data collection all day, including a trip into off-limits landscape with four skilled navigators, and a possible appearance of Dr Data.
Eight artists from England, Germany and the USA came to KWMC for a residency week in March 2011. They worked with the community to find ways of sharing live data to enable residents to make more informed decisions: about energy use, growing food on their allotments and selecting the right clothes for the weather. The artists were selected from over 130 applicants.
At the end of a residency week the artists presented their ideas at KWMC. Local residents helped to decide which four artists were to be awarded £4,000 residencies to develop their ideas at KWMC later in 2011.
One of the artists commented: 'I think the integration of KWMC within the community was such that it was almost impossible for our work not to reflect and respond to the communities' needs.'
Whose Data? is being led by Dane Watkins, who has been artist in residence at KWMC since 2009 (initially supported by Science City Bristol) working on the Electric Footprint project. Find out more here
Carolyn Hassan, KWMC Director, said: “Whose Data? is as an exciting opportunity to bring artists with very different approaches and the community together, to focus on developing ideas using data. We intend to turn these ideas into tangible benefit for the community, arising from a greater understanding of, and interaction with, live data. We are particularly keen to see if, through close collaboration with local residents here in Knowle West, we can create new ways of making data work for the benefit of a wider society.”
Whose Data? is a project funded by an Arts Council England Grants for the Arts award.
For more information please contact Rachel Clarke on 0117 353 4609.