Living Data

The collaboration between Vlad Strukov, researcher from the University of Leeds, and Dave Lynch, Leeds-based artist, looks at the application and interpretation of images projected onto clouds.  The project concerns itself with the nature of data and the human ability to interpret, own and share data.

Particularly, the project looks at the emotive as well as political potential of data in its ability to mobilise, create and translate meaning.

3rd November 2012 – To date, we’ve had 3 very productive meetings and a host of email conversations, in our last meeting we discussed a variety of reasons why the collaboration has been so successful, yet so far neither of us had specifically begun to blog about the process… Why?

As an artist/ filmmaker, the recording of audio and image is a natural part of my process and artistic practice.  Whilst I recorded each of our conversations and documented key moments through photographs.  We discussed our thoughts about the blogging process and the use of this collected data.

The only use so far of the collected data has been to revisit a conversation for the benefit of Vlad’s writing, the time to translate the depth and coverage of our dialogue as either a reflective blog post or simply documentation was such a vast process, it would both take us away from critical thinking and  development time, yet we both see it as a fundamental part of the process.

After a discussion of different approaches, Vlad suggested making the blog a continuation of our conversation on an open, online environment, instead of email.  I see this as a great step forward for our collaboration and an interesting point of departure for reflection at the end of the process.

The subsequent posts are living conversations, where the comments will form part of the process as we share our findings with our peers.   We aim to for this to be part of our research in how academic/ artistic collaborations can function.

Dave

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