FutureEverything unveils new art commission for Manchester by emerging artist Naho Matsuda

every thing every time


Tuesday 30 May 2017, Manchester: FutureEverything is unveiling 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 will be 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.

Unveiled on Thursday 22 June, 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 will be 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


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