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Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec. Dear Data: Week 2 (Straight Lines / A Week of Public Transportation). 2014 238

.a: Ink and pencil on paper
.b: Ink and pencil on paper, .a: 5 1/2 × 8 1/2" (14 × 21.6 cm)
.b: 5 7/8 × 8 1/4" (14.9 × 21 cm). Committee on Architecture and Design Funds

Giorgia Lupi: I'm Georgia. I am Italian, but I live in New York.

Stefanie Posavec: I'm Stephanie. I was born in Denver, Colorado, but I've lived in London for the past 13 years.

Giorgia Lupi: We had only met each other in person twice, when in September, 2014, we decided to collaborate on a year long project to get to know each other through our data.

Stefanie Posavec: Dear Data was conceived as a new type of correspondence, through creating and sending hand drawn data postcards across the ocean to each other.

Giorgia Lupi: By counting and reducing, in a way, to data, even the most shameful personal revelations, they somehow felt not so shameful anymore. They are data.

Stefanie Posavec: As we gathered our weekly data, the process was much more labor-intensive than just deriving standard metrics through using technological devices.

Giorgia Lupi: The very first week of Dear Data, we chose a pretty cold and impersonal topic: how many times do we check the time in a week? Why was I checking the time? What was I doing? Was I bored? Was I hungry? Was I late? Drawing with data when the drawing is the final output can be painful. It's laborious, demanding, gets frustrating.

Stefanie Posavec: Once the visualization was complete each week, we would drop the postcard in our postbox and wait with our fingers crossed.

Giorgia Lupi: We learn to pay attention. To live in the present, much more, to be more aware of our surroundings and of our behaviors with new lenses.

Stefanie Posavec: Finally, we both realized that data is the beginning of the story, not the end, and should be seen as a starting point for questioning and understanding the world around us, instead of seeing it as the definitive answer to all of our questions.

Audio taken from Big Bang Data: Dear Data - a film produced by Somerset House.

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