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Data Patchwork

Strengthening the fabric of our community by bringing information to life.

From 2013-2014, KWMC Junior Digital Producers embarked on a project to make data more accessible. They set out to create a single place where people could access information about Knowle West, creating interactive games to collect information and use art to explore the findings.


The Data Patchwork project had three stages. The first stage was to code an online survey – with a twist. The group felt that traditional surveys could be boring and time consuming, so they decided to incorporate illustrations and games.  You can see it below and at

Living Living Room

The group were conscious that not everyone would be able to access the online survey, so the second stage was to create an interactive way for people to answer the questions. In March 2014 they brought the survey to life in The Living Living Room – a 3D gaming room where residents could answer the questions by interacting with eight full-size pieces of cardboard furniture including a bookcase, TV set and grandfather clock. The objects were connected to sensors and laptop computers: when people moved and played with them, their answers to the survey questions were recorded.



What did you eat yesterday? What will you eat tomorrow?

Foodscapes is an arts research project that invites you to explore an altered edible landscape which reveals and remixes the everyday realities and rituals of a food poverty charity, greenhouse, bakehouse and kitchen.

From making a food bank parcel last a week to organic delights delivered to your door; from nurturing a crop of window box lettuce to the weekly supermarket shop, Bristol’s foodscapes are many and varied. But do we get the food we want or the food we need? And what roles do dignity, choice, aesthetics, health or nutrition play?

Foodscapes is a collaboration between artist Paul Hurley, Knowle West Media Centre, academic researchers (Dr Emma Roe from the University of Southampton and Dr. Michael Buser from The University of the West of England) and community partners which include a food poverty charity (The Matthew Tree Project), a growers collective (Buried Treasure) and bread bakers (The Bread Cafe). Together we are investigating social and economic exclusion, food poverty, sustainability and how alternative food systems might engage with these issues.

The project is producing a series of artist-led interventions to explore the role of art in creating more sustainable local food policy and practice.

A full report and an additional publication are available here.

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