Divorce Index

Natasha Caruana 2017

Caruana used open data to identify coastline towns within Britain as having some of the highest divorce rates in the country, and explored further social datasets to try to identify why. Divorce Index is a filmic response to her findings. A couple in dishevelled wedding clothes – the artist and her husband – perform a curious dance at Bottle Alley on Hastings’ promenade. Each movement is a choreographed gesture interpreting data around the pressures which may affect a marriage, including unemployment, health care, access to libraries, higher education and gambling.

Commissioned by the Open Data Institute as part of the Data as Culture programme, which was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Additional support from the University for the Creative Arts. This is the premiere of the work.


HD film with sound, 5.24 mins.


The New Observatory
June 2017 – October 2017 at FACT, Liverpool

Data Types

Anonymised, Open, Personal, Retrieved, Social, Static

About the Artist

Natasha Caruana (b.1983) is a photographic artist whose work is characterised by bold and inventive uses of performative strategies, sharply tuned interpersonal skills and scientific processes. She is concerned with narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy,…
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