​Press Release

26 June 2017

FutureEverything new art commission for Manchester by emerging artist Naho Matsuda – every thing every time

Monday 26 June 2017, Manchester: FutureEverything has this week unveiled a new art commission by emerging artist Naho Matsuda for CityVerve, titled every thing every time.

Naho Matsuda, is one of seven artists selected as part of FutureEverything’s talent development and commissioning scheme FAULT LINES. The first piece of artwork unveiled for the scheme is for Manchester’s CityVerve, and responds to the development of smart cities and the Internet of Things. FAULT LINES is supported through an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence award.

every thing, every time uses Internet of Things technology, drawing from existing open datasets, as well as new data deployed by CityVerve, the UK’s demonstrator for smart cities. The datasets are translated into words, poetic phrases which together offer a glimpse into the ubiquity of technology in urban space.

“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 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.”

Led by Manchester City Council, CityVerve is an outstanding line-up of 21 organisations from the public, corporate, SME and academic worlds, who have united to transform the city and create endless possibilities for the people that live and work there, a smart, innovative, inspiring Manchester. Naho’s digital art installation is one of the many  transformations being implemented by CityVerve in Manchester. The CityVerve partners include FutureEverything, Manchester Science Partnerships, the University of Manchester, Cisco and BT.

every thing every time aims to re-evaluate the value of data and the meaning of connectivity in the ‘connected city’. The written, poetic narrative will emerge from the data from the urban environment in real time, stripped from its context and its practical purpose, every thing every time will appear across several public locations on Manchester’s Oxford Corridor, creating new connections in a familiar space.

the sun rises
and its colder than yesterday
the streets are empty
today is the last day of the term
the bus is on time and the bar is closed
the car park is almost empty
the traffic light turns green
the cleaning shift starts
someone commits a crime
and bread is being delivered

Drew Hemment, Founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything says: “In FAULT LINES and CityVerve we are looking at how artists can navigate the space between society and technology, and contribute to innovation in the Internet of Things.”

“The city is being transformed as thousands of streams of data on everything imaginable happening in the city are connected and can be accessed in new ways. In this new commission by Naho Matsuda for CityVerve and FAULT LINES we were interested in how an artist could bring this incredible capability to life in surprising and delightful ways.”

“The audience can find their own meaning in poetry written by machines from the record of endless otherwise arbitrary events. Hidden truths are revealed about goings on in Manchester, from the return of a book to the library to the late arrival of a bus. The artwork creates a new outlook on a place we thought we knew, our place within it, and the change to our lives technology can bring.”

“We are excited to be working with Naho Matsuda and technology partners on this first CityVerve art commission. This collaboration between FutureEverything and Cisco is the first implementation of the programmable city API, a groundbreaking innovation in CityVerve.”

Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology, Cisco UK & Ireland, and Project Director for CityVerve says: “At the core of CityVerve is the ambition to transform lives by creating a smarter, innovative and inspiring Manchester. We are thrilled to be unveiling Naho’s art installation which represents part of our investment in the art and cultural aspects of the city, which are a key focus of CityVerve.

“We see this playing a crucial role in the regeneration of the city, by helping to improve the environment we live in and the sense of community, ensuring Manchester’s vibrant creative economy remains a global destination for visitors.”
The final goal of the FAULT LINES programme is to develop new forms of sustainability for the creative practice of digital artists working today, encouraging cross sector collaboration and providing resources for art from beyond the arts.

every thing every time
22 June – 8 July 2017

Press contact
Rebecca Ladbury
020 8962 1680 | 07941 224 975
Notes to editors

About Naho Matsuda
Naho Matsuda graduated from the MA Interaction Design at Goldsmiths in 2016. Her own practice investigates the social and cultural issues found within contemporary technological practice through a range of design outputs, processes and methodologies. With a particular interest in social engagement and interactive experiences, her transdisciplinary approach uses a diversity of media including performance, objects, installation, print and writing.

FAULT LINES supports the creation of new works by artists and practitioners, all of which contribute to the dialogue between technology, innovation, culture and society. The programme encourages work across art forms and sectors, exploring specifically how artists can have an impact on innovation in the technology sector and to create new opportunities in how artists work and where and who art is commissioned by.

From the applications to the call, seven artists were selected and appointed FAULT LINES artists. Each are being supported to explore contemporary issues in their work, and to use artistic approaches to translate challenging concepts into experiences or tangible form. Up to twelve new commissions with technology and arts partners will be developed over the duration of the project. The FAULT LINE artists for the 2016-2018 progamme:

  1. Kasia Molga, a design fusionist, artist and creative technologist, working on the intersection of art / science / engineering.
  2. Dan Hett, a BAFTA-winning freelance creative technologist, digital artist, games designer and live visual performer
  3. Ling Tan, a designer, maker and software developer interested in how people interact with the built environment and wearable technology
  4. Helen Knowles, a multi- media artist whose work stems from an interest in the new sovereign territories of the internet and how these grind upon the old ‘horizontal’ sovereign territories of land, sea, and mineral wealth.
  5. Naho Matsuda, a transdisciplinary artist whose work investigates the social and cultural issues found within contemporary technological practice
  6. Chomko & Rosier, an art and design studio creating interactive experiences, installations, products and infrastructures for the public realm.
  7. Peter J Evans, is an artist with a pluralistic practice investigating the patterns which weave through everything

About FutureEverything
FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. For 21 years FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. Through a community network and regular events it makes connections between thinkers, developers, coders, artists, designers, urbanists and policy makers – inspiring them to experiment and to collaborate in new ways.

The FutureEverything festival brings people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future. Pioneering the practice of city-wide ‘festival as laboratory’ it combines a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – with new technology, novel research methods and playful social experiments. It has been named by The Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.

Year round, FutureEverything champions the role of grassroots innovation in the digital creative economy. It creates opportunities for artists, programmers and coders though regular commissions, hackdays and innovation challenges. Through its research it identifies and explores areas in which technological, creative and societal innovation could facilitate change. Through policy work and thought leadership it advocates for the creative use of open data to improve government and empower citizens and communities.

As a world-leader in the digital art sector, FutureEverything commissions artists to illustrate new ideas through creative prototypes, interactive design and participative experiences. It is seen by Arts Council England as “one of the key touch-point organisations” connecting creative communities with academic research, the business sector and policy makers.

Past FutureEverything projects include a data visualisation of the global audience response to London 2012, and work in open data that has led to new policy and infrastructure, such asDataGM, the Greater Manchester Datastore.

Current projects include FAULT LINES, a landmark talent development and commissioning programme supported by Arts Council England through its Ambition for Excellence scheme,CityVerve, the UK’s demonstrator for Internet of Things and the GROW Observatory, a citizens’ observatory for family farmers, gardeners and growers.

For more information contact Rachel Smith, Commercial Partnerships Manager rachel@futureeverything.org Tel: 0779 286 9299

About CityVerve
CityVerve is a collaboration of the brightest minds and pioneering technologies to help create a smart, innovative, inspiring Manchester.

The CityVerve project brings together the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, deployed at city scale to deliver transformative benefits: new business and jobs for Manchester; better healthcare, transport and environment; and more engaged and empowered citizens.

It was established in July 2016 with a two-year remit to demonstrate the capability of IoT applications and address barriers to deploying smart cities, such as city governance, network security, user trust and adoption, interoperability, scalability and justifying investment.  Combining technology and business model innovations, it will create a real-life blueprint for smart cities worldwide.

Led by Manchester City Council, the consortium of 21 organisations – including Manchester Science Partnerships, the University of Manchester, Cisco, Ordnance Survey and other tech players – is backed by the UK Government and Innovate UK.

For more information, please visit cityverve.org.uk or follow CityVerve on Twitter at @CityVerve.