David Chatting

Running Lives with Data

Many technologies could exist in this world, but don’t. They can be readily built but are not considered to have use or value. Ten years in corporate Research and Development taught me this lesson.

By making functioning prototypes and working with improvisational actors, I create an analogue to the present where conditions are changed and these technologies flourish. I want to engage with this fictional world to expose what is implicit in our own.

My work questions how our behaviour shapes the personal Hertizian bubbles created by our electronic devices and how electromagnetic interventions can manipulate someone’s behaviour. I have focused on runners, but the consequences are broader.

Running Lives with Data starts with an experiment in ‘sniffing’ Nike+ sensor data from runners in Hyde Park, then through prototyping and improvisational workshops I develop the two concepts of Runner Spotting and Ear Hacking.

Improvisation in collaboration with Adam Lannon and Beatrice Rose.

With thanks to Jon Sutton (Aint Rocket Science), Michail Vanis, Sebastian Thielke, Kristina Cranfield, Amina Abbas-Nazari, Hendrik Frentrup and members of the Imperial College Cross Country and Athletics Club.

Website
davidchatting.com

programme information projects
The runner spotter device screen The runner spotter device screen
263 runners in Hyde Park cut into acrylic 263 runners in Hyde Park cut into acrylic
Finding stories in data - collected data and notes from an improvisation exercise Finding stories in data - collected data and notes from an improvisation exercise
A platform for sending and receiving Nike+ data A platform for sending and receiving Nike+ data
Ear Hacking Film