A while ago, my friend Laura Watts and I produced a short work of creative non-fiction. Laura is both an academic and a poet– a combination I find deeply admirable. We worked together with artist and poet Alistair Peebles, and print artists Rachel Barron and Nathan Clydesdale to weave the words together with images in a more intensive way. We took creative license with the notion of a map, and made a series of ethnographic/visual moments concerning the physical and social realities of data.
‘Big Data’ rises and accumulates today from so much of our activity, off and online, that our lives seem almost suffused by ‘The Cloud’. But perhaps data might be otherwise? In this collection, Laura Watts and Dawn Nafus, two ethnographers, bring together stories from different data sites: from the marine energy industry, and from the Quantified Self movement. These Data Stories speak, not of clouds, but of transformations: in things, in energy, and in experience.
These are small booklets, handcrafted in Scotland, which you can order online. If you have any trouble I still have a few left.