Monday, July 25, 2005

on kris and day to day data

Last Thursday Nina and I had the opportunity to see the exhibition that Kris has been involved with - Day to Day Data. You can read his specially commissioned essay here which cleverly entangles the individual works, considering their processes, interpretations and concerns, with his current research into publics, everyday data and representation.

The show presents and dicusses the imaginative, intriguing and compelling compulsion to catalogue, classify and map in all manner of forms everyday data so often disregarded or overseen in our daily lives. The very unique and often humorous taxonomy reminds me of Jorge Luis Borges's description of an encyclopedia in which animals are divided into: (1) those that belong to the Emperor, (2) embalmed ones, (3) those that are trained, (4) suckling pigs, (5) mermaids, (6) fabulous ones, (7) stray dogs, (8) those included in the present classification, (9) those that tremble as if they were mad, (10) innumerable ones, (11) those drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (12) others, (13) those that have just broken a flower vase, (14) those that from a long way off look like flies.

The exhibition features the work of twenty artists – some specially commissioned for the gallery, some for the stunning publication and others only available online. If you can’t get to Nottingham to see the show before July 20th, then be sure to catch it in September in Portsmouth or when it comes to London in March 2006.

-kat