Utilising anonymous data from both players and the crowd collected during the 2017 AFL Round 23 match between Swans and Carlton, Clanger (Longitude, Latitude, Velocity) reconstructs the dynamics and movements of each player based on their position and performance data. Pailthorpe shifts the context of the game from the physical field to the virtual realm, transforming the players into floating digital sculptures.
In statistical terms, the term 'clanger' signifies a turnover or an inadvertent mistake made by a player in an AFL match. The merit of each player is exclusively defined by the data they generate during the game. AFL players are monitored through micro wearable units containing GPS and accelerometers. The volume of data produced in a single game is substantial; every motion is tracked, stored, and analyzed to comprehend performance, prevent injuries, and assess value.
Clanger is the outcome of Pailthorpe's 2017 Synapse Artist Residency with the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT), in collaboration with UTS Sport and Exercise Science and Professor Aaron Coutts.