every thing every time

every thing every time, an artwork by Naho Matsuda, takes information from our interactions within the city to tell a new story about the people and the places of Manchester.

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

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."

In a new collaboration with CityVerve, the UK’s demonstrator for Smart Cities, every thing every time uses their developing data platform to gather various data streams from sensors measuring weather, traffic and travel to more. These data streams are turned into an ephemeral, poetic narrative that give a glimpse into into the ubiquity of technology in the urban space. What does data become without its informational value? And what happens to all the data that is collected from our ‘smart cities’?

every thing every time is a FutureEverything & FAULT LINES project commissioned by CityVerve. Supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

CityVerve is 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.

Commissioned By:

FutureEverything logo CityVerve logo

Supported By:

InnovateUK logo IoT UK project logo Arts Council England logo

Venue Partners:

Manchester Science Partnerships Logo Manchester City Council logo
University of Manchester logo Hulme Community Garden Centre logo