Throughout 2003, Ellie also collected data about 14 different elements of her everyday life onto Daily Quantification Records. Each month this data was converted into a set of averages, which then was applied to a set of scales and systems to output the specifications for a monthly sculpture. The first six months’ worth of sculptures was installed at the 2003 Goldsmiths Postgraduate Degree Show.
Ellie’s second major year-long project, for which she documented the total distance of all the journeys she made on London Transport in a year (9,236 kilometres), using her Gold Card - a yearly travel pass. This website details each of these 1,495 journeys she made and acts as an online version of the Gold Card Adventures exhibition at Piccadilly Circus Underground Station in London in 2005.
For one year and one day Ellie Harrison photographed and recorded information about everything that she ate. The images and the data about them were posted to the Eat 22 website weekly, over the course of the year. The website was then redesigned and relaunched in 2007 to coincide with the opening of the Wellcome Collection in London (UK), where the animated film featuring all the images is now on permanent display.
This kinetic installation uses two found weight mechanism clocks. The lead weights which are normally used to power the clocks have been removed and replaced by foods (bread and bananas) of the same mass. The clocks continue to work as normal - powered by the gravitational potential energy inherent in the foods. Originally installed at Goldsmiths College in 2002 and then at the Colony gallery space in Birmingham in 2004.
This installation features two Mac computer programmes made during the LabCulture digital arts residency in 2002. The programmes mimic the common typing test, but rather than telling you your speed or accuracy, they inform you of the equivalent number of TicTacs or peanuts you are burning off whilst typing. Bowls of TicTacs and peanuts are installed alongside the two Macs for hungry participants.
This kinetic sculpture was designed to give gravitational potential energy to apples. Apples are placed on the escalator device at the rear of the bike and, as a result of the bike being pedalled, are transported to a height above the ground proportional to their chemical energy content. A similar, but proportionally larger, Potential Generator for doughnuts was also designed.
In this kinetic installation a carrot and a chocolate éclair race around two facing train tracks at speeds proportional to their chemical energy contents - the éclair being just over three times faster than the vegetable of a comparable size.