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posted on 2022-12-15, 18:15 authored by Rachel ThomsonRachel Thomson

In 2019-2020 the ESRC funded 'Reanimating data: experiments with people, places and archives'. Part of the project involved staging a series of reanimations using data from interviews with young women from Manchester, conducted thirty years previously as part of the Women, Risk and AIDS Project (WRAP 1988-1990). Each reanimation involved a collaboration between young women, educators and researchers and used creative methods to explore the WRAP data and bring it to life in new ways.    

This item is a blog post written by Professor Rachel Thomson discussing the sound installation 'What really counts?', a collaboration by the Reanimating Data Project and Alex Peverett (Sussex Humanities Lab). The installation works with the archived 'Men, Risk & AIDS Project' (MRAP) dataset, a collection of interviews with young men in 1990 about their sexual behaviours and attitudes. Extracts from these interviews are revoiced by original researcher Janet Holland and by Isaac Thomson, the son of original MRAP researcher Rachel Thomson.

A short film of the sound installation is referred to in the blog, and is available to view at the related item link below.


Reanimating data: experiments with people, places and archives

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The Reanimating Data Project (2018-20)


The Reanimating Data Project (2018-20)