Data Elephant is an evolving and confrontational sonic commentary on data, permission and exploitation. A soundscape creates a texture of corporate invitation that eventually subverts its own brand of wholesomeness. A small visible disclaimer allows the artist to record excerpts of visitors’ intimate conversations and adds them to the sonic texture of the room. By physically being in the space, the visitor has ‘given’ their permission, with no control over how or to what degree their data is being used. In this sound piece, disingenuous data collection disrupts thesoundscape’s invitation and serenity, gradually becoming more insistent over the course of the exhibition. As the visitors’ awareness to their lack of consent to granting their data grows, it mirrors issues around privacy and fair use of data in the wider public realm.
The Glass Room is a pop-up tech store with a twist. At first glance, it offers the latest in shiny digital consumer products, such as the newest tablet, fitness tracker or facial recognition software. But as you go inside, you’ll find there is nothing for sale.
Instead, as you look closer at the ‘products’ on display, you’ll see that they are playfully and provocatively selected to turn the technologies we all use on their head. The artworks, design pieces, and ‘Ingenius’ staff welcome you to take a look behind the screens into the hidden world of what happens to your data. Dig deeper into how much we reveal about ourselves by trying out free, alternative apps, taking away the 8-day Data Detox Kit, or interacting with our thematic programme of workshops and events.
The Glass Room is an intervention that prompts reflection, experimentation and play. A place that invites you to discuss how data and technology are changing the personal, professional and social fabric of all our lives and a way of making informed choices in the future.
Disobedient with Jamie Perera.
2 Degrees Festival produced by Forma Arts
Climate Symphony is a live music performance that turns hard data on climate change into a symphony to tell the story of what climate change means through sound.
Two day-long labs at ArtsAdmin's 2Degrees Festival and Newcastle's Star and Shadow bring together journalists, scientists, data analysts and sound artists to explore how to change climate change data into a sound and music composition. Using data sonification, participants will select climate data sets and turn them into sound, creating digital instruments in their own Climate Symphony.
The idea is to encourage participants and the audience to question their feelings and the stories behind the data, creating new conversations and engagement.
Climate Symphony was presented at the Global Health Film Festival 2015, OpenTech 2015 and the Serpentine Transformation Marathon 2015. The first data sonification testbed was launched at ONCA 2016, and two day-long participatory labs will take place in June and July 2017 supported by Forma Arts and Arts Council England.
For more details, visit: https://www.artsadmin.co.uk/events/4035
"Research shows that sound touches us in inexplicable ways. By using music, the hope is to create an emotional response to something that for many might look meaningless on a page."
I'm really pleased to reveal a small project that Sam Winston and I worked on with English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2016 and The Enemies Project. We created and 'performed' a new work to highlight Zunar, a cartoonist who has been drawing editorial cartoons for the past 20 years in Malaysia. He has been charged with nine counts of sedition and faces 43 years in prison under the controversial Sedition Act, but says he will 'draw until the last drop of ink'. We hope that this small act draws attention to him and all writers at risk around the world.
Sounds and narrative:
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights (subverted)
- Sounds of Malaysian protest
- Sounds of Malaysian government suppression
As part of our ongoing data sonification project "Climate Symphony", we decided to go freelance and see if we could find out what the global deaths from terrorism during the 14 years of the war on terror sounds like.
So you have here this chart as featured in The Economist [twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/667120864224235521]
You might notice a bass note that rises and falls at the beginning, then stays the same all the way through. That's the West, that is. They had a 'blip' or terrorism in 2001 (World Trade Centre?) and then it's never got above 1,000 since.
Then, there's percussion all the way through, representing the years going by from 2000. When everything stops there's a few more as it fades...because the rest of the story still needs writing.
[Climate Symphony is a data sonification project from Disobedient Films in collaboration with Jamie Perera. More info on that soon. Til then: www.scidev.net/global/data/multi…y-data-sound.html]
Chanuki Seresinhe and Adrian Letchford
Interactive map plots pictures of 212,000 locations in the UK.
Reveals stats about health, crime, pollution, income and scenic areas through sound.
Videos of scenic parts of Coventry embedded into the map.
Audio representation of scenicness as visitors move around map
Visitors were able to use an interactive map of the UK in an exhibition at Warwick Business School, set up to illustrate the link between scenic areas and reports of better health.
Coventry City councillors and officials from the Coventry City of Culture 2021 Bid were among the guests who explored the map, which also had films of residents describing their favourite scenic areas in the city embedded into it.
The videos saw locals Keith Draper, Dave Long, Melanie Statham, Kevin Coughlan and Jeremy Parker describing scenic locations in Coventry, such as Coventry Cathedral, the War Memorial Park, Primrose Hill Park, Coventry Canal Basin, Coundon Wedge and Allesley Park Walled Garden.
The interactive map was created by Chanuki Seresinhe and Adrian Letchford, of the Data Science Lab at WBS, and used Microsoft Kinect to allow visitors to move around by moving their hand.
Disobedient with Jamie Perera
Sonification of Donald Trump's Paris Climate Agreement Pullout Speech.
Trump distorts the truth and so we decided to distort him according to the level of porky pie he was telling. You might hear sheep in the background when his people clap for him, personally I can't tell them apart.
Exhibition in Winns Gallery Walthamstow
(write up in process)