31 August 2005

August

August really will be quite a short entry as I am also writing this late, in mid September, not long after completing the belated July entry. Now that this entry is online I am finally back on schedule and looking forward to publishing the September diary entry promptly at the beginning of October.

Data Collecting...

The main thing of note for August is that I have been carrying out the Swear Box project alongside another serious data mining activity. Six days a week I have been completing the Daily Data Log Sheets for use in the Daily Data Display Wall installation at the Angel Row Gallery. As well as my usual language monitoring I am also observing many other things such as: the foods I eat, the people I speak to, the quantity of gaseous emissions I produce, the times of occurrence of bowel movements, the time I wake up / go to sleep, how much sleep I get, plus I also take several daily readings (e.g. outside and body temperatures) at set measuring times throughout the day.

Urgency To Update...

As you can imagine, I spend quite a lot of time each day collecting and collating the information. Everyday there is a sense of urgency to prepare the information and email it to the gallery staff, otherwise the installation cannot be set up and the visitors cannot view the work. Unfortunately I do not have this same sense of pressure to update the Swear Box, even though people may still be visiting it everyday. Things got so slack that in August that I failed to update any of the swear words produced until the very end of the month. For the last three months of the project I am determined to create a sense of urgency to update the Swear Box the within a day of each words being uttered, and failing that, at the very least once a week. One of my favourite things about the Swear Box is its 'liveness', the fact that it is continually unfolding and growing as the year goes on. The only way to maintain this sense of life is to update it regularly, so this is what I will try to do until the end of the year.

Day Off...

Another interesting thing that occurred in August as a result of continuing the Swear Box project alongside all the other data collecting – one day a week the gallery is closed to public. This meant that no data was required to set up the installation and that I got a day off from data collecting the day before. Over the August bank holiday the gallery was closed for an amazing three days in a row. As I had been granted all this time off from data collecting, I felt as though I truly was on holiday. Over this period and frequently on my other 'days off' my mind kept playing tricks on me and as I was speaking I kept thinking 'oh I'm not monitoring swears any more either'. I kept feeling compelled to swear just because I could, but then suddenly remembering that in Swear Box 2005 there are no days off...

September Swear Diary >