This story appears in PRISM international magazine, issue 61.1 SPIRIT, FALL 2022, under the title "We Want to Hear From You". Reprinted with the permission of the author.
Garrett Saleen is a writer and visual artist from Southern California. His fiction has appeared multiple times in the Santa Monica Review, as well in Funicular, The Collagist, and elsewhere. His collage art has appeared in venues and ventures in Washington and California. He is editing his first collection of short fiction, entitled Yuppie Nightmare Cycle.
The data that inspired this story was produced by a Peloton stationary exercise bike. The data was accessed through the Peloton online platform by the user and shared with our team in a spreadsheet. Out of the many types of data collected, we selected four: Type of workout, Duration of workout, Time of workout, and Calories burned.
In this story, we prompted the writer with some writings from sociologist Deborah Lupton who describes data as part of an assemblage with humans and spaces. We invited the writer to imagine data alongside the bodies and domestic spaces that constitute it. Through meshes and assemblages, data and people not only co-habit but also change over time and co-evolve.
This graph visualizes the calories burned each day between August 4th to September 11th 2021, while the occupants used their Peloton exercise bicycle. This data was used by the author to write this story.
This graph visualizes the duration of fitness discipline each day between August 4th to September 11th 2021, while the occupants used their Peloton exercise bicycle. This data was used by the author to write this story.
This sheet includes daily data about Peloton activity between August 4th to September 11th 2021. This data was used by the writer for this story.