What stories can be uncovered from a city?

every thing every time, an artwork by Naho Matsuda, takes information from our interactions within a city to tell a new story about its citizens and daily life. As people 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.

With the rise of the ‘Smart City’ asking important questions of what we want from the future, where do we see ourselves in it? 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.”

every thing every time is a FutureEverything and FAULT LINES project. Initially commissioned by CityVerve, the UK’s demonstrator for smart cities, delivered by a consortium of twenty one partners including Manchester City Council, Manchester Science Partnerships, the University of Manchester, Cisco and BT.

The first commission from FutureEverything’s landmark talent and development scheme FAULT LINES, every thing every time was realised with the technical support of fellow cohort artists Peter J. Evans and Dan Hett.


How smart cities can create their own poetry Guardian Tech Podcast. Naho Matsuda and curator Natalie Kane discussed the possibilities of live data in creating new art with Leigh Alexander.

With thanks to The Developer Society .

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