This performative workshop is firstly about collecting information from participants. This data/word/ information is a reflection of the people in that area and what they are doing there. We can then go on through game playing and creative processes to really explore the information and words given. The work created in drawing/game playing/poetry then becomes representations of the people and attitudes and function of the place and time the workshop is conducted in. I recently did this workshop at the Tate exchange over four days. The Data Entry workshop is a time -based workshop that can happen for a day or longer, This workshop is about language, poetry images and working with the idea of data in relation to each other and the places we live and work. The workshop has a strong theme to communication and information and talks about this ina  geographical sense, I am also dyslexic and this comes into play with out I approach my work, mediums used and the participants and their needs. Hopefully together we can go on a journey of deconstructing language and learning in a safe enviroment.

The Participants

This workshop is time based over a day or longer, the participants are usually travelling through the area and can take part in short bursts.

the workshop works best in a busy area in a busy public space festival/gallery/museum/corporate enviroment/shopping centre/library



The set is an office space, i am in characther as an office worker + (incredibly jolly host) and the first point of contact is sitting down and answering some questions anonymously, the questions are purposefully kept simple and positive, a moment to reflect on how you use the area, and personal likes and interests.

(questions can be adapted to the area) here are some generic questions-click here

The answers to the questions then become the starting point for further activity.

The answers get put through a data sorting machine. The machine just lays the answers to the questions side by side in order of arrival.  This information is fed onto the daily data poem, and also used for game playing and further activities. The answeres are usually broken sentences or just one words, so the data station starts to develop a non-sensical language of its own. In this way each person who takes part answering questions adds to the language of the station.


Data station

I use the data poem as a starting point, I collect words from this to create games to be played.

Non-sensical Pictionary- its like pictionary but the words woudn't usually sit together so we have to use our imagination!

Non-sensical charades- Its like Charades but the words woudnt usually sit together so we have to use our imagination!

Further activities.

Performing the poetry/constructing scripts based around the data,

Making illustations

Data Output-Creating poetry. images

The final part of the workshop on the last day or last few hours is the data out put, I put all the data receved through out the process out, and participants can create a poem using all the data/words that have been left.



This workshop is best used in a public area. The workshop can be for any age group, and works well with children but equally well in a corporate setting.

The workshop collects information of the area and time and the opinions of the people in the space, then the language is deconstructed and the rules are broken and we can have fun game playing and learning new skills.


A research tool for an area or workplace:

The questions can be modified and in this way the workshop can be a fun way of gaining and measuring information on wellbeing, uses of space or any other information that is wanted. The workshop becomes a visual reflection of who the people are using the space, and what are their interests wants and opinons at that time.

I am dyslexic and this is a theme that runs through out the workshop and one that I am sensitive too. How do we see see words and language and communication and how can we see that a s positive way of looking?

Aron, P.G., Wleklinski, M. and Wills, C. (1993) ‘Developmental dyslexia as a cognitive style’, in Joshi, R.M. and Leong, C.K. (eds) Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis and Component Processes, Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers.