Day-to-Day Data
Lucy Kimbell
Title: Untitled (Physical Bar Charts)
Location: Installation at all gallery venues

Lucy’s Physical Bar Charts are a way of gaining information from the public about what they do in the their spare time. Five large perspex cylinders will be sited in the gallery. At Angel Row they will be positioned in the window space, where they can have most interaction with passers-by. Each cylinder acts as a bar in the chart and is filled with a different coloured badge featuring a statement about how you may or may not spend your time. As the visitors remove and keep badges the levels in the cylinders drop, producing an instant reflection of what are the most and least popular statements.
possible outcomes of the Physical Bar Charts
possible outcomes of the Physical Bar Charts
If there is a subject matter, it is the process of data production and representation. My projects make visible the effects that these have on one another by producing records that are entangled with the things they are recording and their means of production. They seem to show that relations are not external to us – something outside of people or things – but enter into us, and we into them.

In previous projects I have gathered and made public data about myself.[1] I have instantiated data-gathering systems that interfere with a university.[2] I have also designed means that make visible political and citizenship activity.[3] My project for Day-to-Day Data ties consumption to data production and representation. What you take is what you see.

Often deploying or undertaking research, my ways of working can resemble management initiatives or social science, in most cases a flawed or failed version, spawning bastardised methods and methodologies, tools and techniques. There are barely research questions let alone answers. In each project I have to work out what can be asked. I must work out the relationship between myself, the viewer, and what can be known. I have to work out how to find out what I believe can be known. For Day-to-Day Data, I am asking questions about research by prompting people to think about how they idle away their time in public spaces. The project involves making records that tell us something about relations between people and people, and people and things, and things and things. Viewers consume the piece by consuming part of it. The piece says ‘Let us be part of each other’.

Lucy Kimbell
May 2005

1. Audit, 2002; The LIX Index, 2002 – 2003

2. Making a Difference at the University of Plymouth, 2004

3. Pindices, 2005, a collaboration with sociologist Andrew Barry

Untitled (Physical Bar Charts) is a result of a Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

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