Data as Culture - Art that uses data as a material
‘The Doffing Mistress Takes A Stroll’ is a folk song, from the Irish linen industry. The lyrics would change according to who the Doffing Mistress was in a particular factory. In Littler’s installation a collection of looping paper strips sit alongside a tiny mechanical piano player, each holding the tune to the traditional song. Visitors are invited to continue the tune, contributing to a new and unexpected composition by adding their own marks, such as patterns, words, drawings or musical notes to the paper score. Once completed, each paper score will be recorded. At regular intervals throughout the project, people will be able listen to each of the scores at David’s website: www.davidlittler.tumblr.com. David will create new improvised pieces of music using the scores and live sampling techniques.