A publication and fitness-tracking app that critically explores the political and economic relationships between physical exercise, data-production & manual labour. [w. Jake Watts and Kirsty Hendry]

[Cursor] App Launched

Cursor is an app that is designed to make you think about the data you are producing throughout the day and what this data says about your health.

Through using Cursor you accumulate organs to complete your databody. Each organ contains a specially commissioned artwork that will be realised in five individual parts. The more you move the more data you will produce. This is turn will unlock new content for you to experience throughout your day.

Cursor will send you a notification each time you unlock new content in each organ. You can access this content at anytime by clicking on your selected organ icon in Cursor.

The app was designed and developed in collaboration with Jake Watts and Kirsty Hendry, with commissions in text/video/sound from Karen Gregory, Simone C Niquille, Rumi Josephs, Anna Zett, Jake Watts, Kirsty Hendry and myself.

The app is available for free download for both Android and iOS through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Check out the Cursor website over here, or have a look at our research blog over there.

The project was funded by New Media Scotland's Alt-W fund.

[Cursor] Resistance Training, w. Karen Gregory, Rumi Josephs, Simone C Niquille

Cursor: Resistance Training

Cursor is a forthcoming publishing platform and corresponding Android and iOS fitness-tracking app that will critically explore the political and economic relationships between physical exercise tracking, data-production, and labour.

The Cursor team of Kirsty Hendry, Dave Young, and Jake Watts invite you to join them for a night of screenings, readings, and discussion. Resistance Training brings together works by artist Rumi Josephs and designer Simone C Niquille, who have both been commissioned to contribute to the Cursor app. These works will be accompanied by a talk by Dr. Karen Gregory who lectures in Digital Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.

Resistance Training will explore how shifts in digital technology are shaping the social mechanisms that produce our conceptions of ‘wellness' and ‘health’. We’re interested in the persistence with which social norms structure technological practices, asking how these technologies condition the body’s interaction with ideas of ‘work’ and ‘leisure’.


Thursday 17th March 2016, 6pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

Tickets via Eventbrite.

Research blog for Cursor is now online at

The project has been funded by New Media Scotland's ALT-W fund, and is in collaboration with Jake Watts and Kirsty Hendry.