On the 22nd June, we gathered in a (not so) secret garden in Hulme to celebrate the launch of FAULT LINES artist Naho Matsuda’s every thing every time, commissioned by FutureEverything and CityVerve.  All day we’d been putting the final touches to the boards, situated in four locations around Manchester; Manchester Central Library, University Place, Citylabs 1.0 and Hulme Community Gardens, the location for our opening party. For our opening party, we invited partners and the public to take a few moments with Naho’s quiet, contemplative, but ultimately impractical, data-driven poetry.

We invited FutureEverything’s chair Vikas Shah to start the evening, before introducing Creative Director and Founder Drew Hemment to give context to the commission, highlighting the new conversations around the role of data in a city that Matsuda’s work will provoke. Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology, Cisco UK and Ireland and a partner on the CityVerve project, spoke on the project’s wider aims to make data sharing an important element in their aspirations for the smart city, and Richard Elliot, Head of Policy, Partnership and Planning, at Manchester City Council, told us his hopes for Manchester to be a shining example for other cities to follow.

Finally, artist Naho Matsuda spoke briefly on her time developing every thing every time, and the sense of community she found in Manchester each time she visited. Naho explained how her work would let Manchester describe itself through its data, and help people see information a little differently, especially if the context and ‘usefulness’ of data is removed.

More details on every thing every time here. You can also join us for a Data Poetry workshop with the award-winning Bad Language on Saturday 8th July, and hear Naho Matsuda in conversation with FutureEverything Curator Jose Luis de Vicente and fellow FAULT LINES artist Dan Hett on Friday 7th at 1pm.

Thanks to Hulme Community Gardens for hosting us!