Data Jamming in the Bath
Submitted by harwood on Fri, 2007-10-19 20:10.
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Start date: Monday October 8th 2007
#definition DATA JAM => A data Jam is an open event comprising of a group of people who pass content freely between themselves, exploring the potentialities of data made live by its very immediacy. The locus of the Jamming takes place at a particular temporal and physical location.
Laurie Grove Baths opened in April 1898, as part of a municipal drive to civilise the 'great unwashed ' of industrial south London. The impetus to build public baths and washhouses was primarily a bid to improve social conditions amongst the labouring poor.
Laurie Grove Baths Media Ecology
The media ecology of a place is the way it lives through media, through channels of communication, patterns of movement, transactions and gatherings. This provides a valuable source of energy that can both reveal hidden information about how a space is used, how to feed into and build a dialogue with it. It is also the first stage of building an image of the hard to record feelings and desires that people have about the different areas, people and events in their communities – a subjective map. Once this ground work has been done we can start to use these insights to feed back to people images of how things could change, using media arts methodologies to shock, stimulate debate and inventive thinking. We deliver and articulate this by continuing to build on those same media systems that we originally found, but now developing them as an active resource for the local community that will continue to form an essential component of the cultural and social life of the regenerated area.
Therefore there are three stages in our process of Data Jamming in a Bath
The first is to analyse the media ecology of an area and use it to construct both a subjective and objective mapping. This research phase will investigate the particular patterns of communication, flows of official and unofficial information, interest groups and convergence points and the activities of the people that give them life and purpose. This allows us to build on practices that are already nascent whilst identifying ways to introduce innovative development in the media infrastructure that will be embraced by its users.
These questions are an attempt to see the bath house building as a nexus of the social, historical, topological, political, environmental networks that surround it – any additions welcome.
The questions are a mixture of practical question to do with transport, environment but also about subjectivities and archives.
As a group we need to research as many of the questions as possible - then we can decide what interventions we can make in the time left before the Data Jam.
Why are we being offered this space, with this particular group of people? What can be gleaned of the power structures surrounding the building from this interrelationship? (interpersonal, organisational, economic and cultural)
Building Site Analysis:
Soils – Has the site had a subsurface investigation (architect)
The Site: (Cars parking this is a structural operation of the site and potentially a medium of opportunity)
What is the site's relationship to transport, at different times of day and different times of the week? Do you people get to the area by car, bus, walk or cycle?
The media-ecology surrounding the building.
What official media is being used in association with this building? (council signs, notices etc)
Can we access the following databases and how would this be done:
database of workers present (any time during its history)
Once we have researched the media ecology of the Laurie Grove Bath House, the way it lives through media, through channels of communication, patterns of movement, transactions and gatherings, we can start the second phase which involves the production of media projects that fit into, re-imagine the researched media ecology.
The regenerated bath house site can still be survived by databases relating to its previous use, containing the residue of implicit energies that can be reawakened and used to re-imagine it. Adding this to the knowledge derived from the subjective mapping phase results in a rich source of past and present “factual feelings” that can be represented through media in order to complicate the buildings use.
This will form the basis of your media interventions into the bath house. You will re-present this knowledge and stimulate peoples thinking about the bath house site and its current/prior use. The project will aim to bring subjective impressions out into tangible form and create feedback loops between the communities using the site and the local population and guests of the Bath House Data Jam.
Timetable for Data Jamming in the Bath:
Monday October 8th
Group assignment given out: Data Jamming in the Bath
Friday 12th October -> DEADLINE:
Tuesday October 16th
Monday 22nd October: -> DEADLINE:
Tuesday 13 th November:
Tuesday 20 th November:
Tuesday 27th November:
Friday 2nd December -> DEADLINE:
All work COMPLETE
Monday 3rd December: Install Bath House Data Jam
Tuesday 4th December: Bath House Data Jam
Tuesday 11th Review the Data Jam.