Over 100,000 poems later, every thing every time is drawing to a close. The work is still on view at Manchester Central Library until August 9th, and after that we’ll be looking for ways to work with the massive archive of poetry that has been generated throughout the installation. In the meantime, we’d like to thank everyone that has offered help, taken part in our events, or shared your thoughts with us.
Following a typically intense installation week, we were delighted to hold the opening reception in the sun at Hulme Community Garden Centre. Featuring speeches from Drew Hemment, Vikas Shah, Nick Chrissos and Richard Elliot, it was the perfect setting to bring together partners, collaborators and the public together to experience Naho’s work for the first time. A few hours earlier, we made the most of the setting to record a feature with BBC Click – this aired in their City Clickers episode on July 8th, and is available to watch online. You can also hear Naho talking to Leigh Alexander on Guardian Tech Weekly about the work if you’d like to hear a little bit more.
To offer a peek behind the curtain, Naho, Dan Hett and curator Jose Luis de Vicente hosted a lunchtime talk on Friday 7th July, looking at etet in the context of collaboration across art and technology. Jose Luis provided a wider historical context and introduced the session, while Dan presented a simple overview of the technology behind the artwork and Naho gave an insight into the creation of syntax rules that result in readable poetry.
The following day we were lucky enough to have a second day of sun, which proved ideal for the two events we had planned, starting with a walking tour looking at the history of Manchester as a Smart City delivered by Manchester Guided Tours. Threading together the installation sites with points of interest from Manchester’s rich history of science and art, it was an excellent way to experience Naho’s work (and even our team learned a few things!).
We were also excited to work with Bad Language for the second weekend in a row (following our collaboration at MIF’s Interdependence), who worked with Naho to deliver a poetry workshop at Hulme Community Garden Centre later in the afternoon. The aim here was to write under restrictions and rules, similar to those that inform Naho’s data-generated poems.
New poetry will continue to be generated at http://everythingeverytime.net for the next couple of weeks, at which point it will present an archive of the work generated throughout the live run.
Thanks to everyone who came, wrote, and observed Naho Matsuda’s wonderful work. We’ll see you on another sunny afternoon soon.