In the digital age data surrounds us, nowhere more so than in our cities. From timetables to traffic data, information about our urban activities is captured, processed and published every day.
With data playing such an integral part of daily life, what kind of stories can urban data tell about a city, its citizens and its visitors? And would we perceive our surroundings differently if we could experience this data in a different form?
In Every Thing Every Time, artist Naho Matsuda lends a physical presence to the otherwise invisible data that is generated and collected in our cities each day. The work processes this data (typically captured by ‘smart city’ technologies, consumer devices, private companies and public institutions), strips it of its original purpose or value, and turns it into poetic writing presented on a large mechanical split-flap display.