The Pink Sheet Method, thickear
The Pink Sheet Method, thickear

DATA AS CULTURE: THE PINK SHEET METHOD #3


THURSDAY 3 JULY 2014
LIGHTHOUSE, BRIGHTON


JOIN INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE ARTISTS THICKEAR IN THE THIRD AND FINAL STAGE OF THE PINK SHEET METHOD


As part of our late-night opening, artist collective thickear’s Pink Sheet Method #3 offers members of the public the chance to erase personal data from the Lighthouse gallery wall and have their intervention recorded for the benefit of future visitors.

Geoff Howse of thickear interviews a participant of the The Pink Sheet Method at FutureEverything Festival, Manchester. Courtesy of Manox Media.
Geoff Howse of thickear interviews a participant of the The Pink Sheet Method at FutureEverything Festival, Manchester. Courtesy of Manox Media.

What is your personal data worth?

Through their participation in this special performance during our late-night opening, members of the public can barter to purchase the right to the painting over of one or more of 120 blue data sheets on display as part of the Data as Culture exhibition. The names of these members of the public, and the details of their transactions, will be recorded directly onto the gallery wall for the remainder of the exhibition as a record of their participation in the work.

thickear have previously performed at Hack The Barbican, ICT 2013 and the Arbeit Gallery, and have previously been invited to give our December Monthly Talk.

The blue sheets displayed by thickear represent the final remnants of data collected from consenting members of the public during FutureEverything Festival on 29-30 March 2014 in Manchester. The data was collected on triplicate carbonless copy forms, the top white sheet being given back to participants as a limited edition thickear art form.

The middle pink sheet copies were delivered to the Open Data Institute in London, where on 11 April 2014, thickear artists sorted and filed the forms onto a paper spike where they remain on public display.

Although participants in the Manchester event were asked for explicit consent to the use of their data in all stages of this work, it was made clear that the specific use of the blue sheets in Brighton was completely unknown at the time.

Date: Thursday 3 July 2014
Time of Exhibition Late Opening: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Time of Performance: 7pm – 8pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street.

About the artists
thickear (Geoff Howse, Jack James, Kevin Logan, Tadeo Sendon) are an artists’ collective exploring contemporary themes through a focus on context specific work. Originally working mainly with sound, their practise now features performance work, installation and meditated public encounters. Much of thickear’s recent work has concerned the ethics of data collection and exchange, including the epic dystopian performance / installation Ministry of Measurement, a major feature of the Barbican Centre’s ‘Hack the Barbican’ season in 2013. Formed in London at the beginning of 2012, thickear have presented work at a wide range of venues and events including the Arbeit Gallery, Music Hackspace, Music Tech Fest, the Barbican and ICT 2013.

The Data as Culture programme and exhibition explores the wider implications of the culture of open data on culture itself, to challenge our understanding of what data is, and how it may affect and reflect our lives. Partnered with the Open Data Institute and FutureEverything Festival, this commission explores our relationship with surveillance, privacy, and personal data, taking a critical and sometimes comedic look at the power of open data.


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