In the past week as I’ve been making drawings and visualisations I’ve also been meeting with people to talk about the project, and the other work that I’m currently doing and about to start working on. I had really useful meetings at Culture lab with Atau Tanaka to talk about sonification of GPS data, John Shearer to discuss some changes to our data visualisation, Alessandro Altavilla to talk about sonification and iPhones, and a chat with Ko-Le Chen on the culture lab radio. Later in the week I met with Sharon Bailey and Clymene Christoforu co-directors of ISIS, Kaffe Matthews who is also doing a residency here with Laura Harrington, and Michelle Hirschorn (who is currently producer for acts of memory) came to my studio to see what I’d been doing. Chris Speed and I also exchanged an ongoing series of emails, skype chats and phone calls in our continued collaboration.
Through these conversations I’ve realised that the drawing process has helped me to understand what kind of data is produced by people using comob, to think about some of the issues of data visualisation when people are in distant locations, and to imagine ways of representing that data. But what is most interesting is why people use the comob net iPhone app and the stories behind their mobile connections. There is no way to retrospectively access these stories. Instead we will be re-releasing comob with a new messaging feature and a request for permission to contact users as part of our research project.
The next task is to work out how to contact and invite new people to become involved in the work, and then to design personalised ways of visualising their data as portraits of their shared mobility at a distance. This research now neatly draws these workshops back into this residency.