Mike Lee from KUT in Austin recorded and cut a short radio story about the Quantify-Me show. You can listen here.
TED talk at TEDxAustin 2013
Oh yes, fantasy future location tracking of your movements using 3D printers to produce wall-size pattern of your travels.
192 measurement drawings, cut and hung….floating data you can walk inside. At Oklahoma Contemporary (up thru Aug 23, 2013).
Can you account for everywhere you’ve traveled, walked, …been? Your iphone knows. Here’s what those movements each week look like. These are maquettes for the large scale Making-Tracks works. 24 in x 24 in. Left is Brooklyn to Manhattan, right is Austin. At Oklahoma Contemporary.
The work pulls from my background in engineering and high-technology to explore science, human pattern and self-tracking.
The art of self-surveillance
I’ve been experimenting with a future where everything about us can be instantly measured and significantly added to my daily regimen to develop a patterned vocabulary and language for self-tracking. Steps walked, calories expended, weight, sleep cycles, time-online, activities, location, daily mood, micro-journal of food ingested are all part of my daily tracking -- simple and easy to collect using iphones and gadgets that point toward a time where complete self-surveillance is the norm.
Numbers are abstract concepts but we recognize pattern intuitively. I’m experimenting with wall size patterns that anticipate the condition of our daily-selves. Very soon walls and spaces we occupy will be filled with easy to decode patterns – a visual record of how we feel, stress level, mood, bio-function captured, digitally recorded and physically produced using 3D printers and lasercutters. Human data portraits transcribed as pattern from the all the sensor data collected about us.
Will it kill the mystery of being human, simply magnify our defects or will sensors and a mass of measurements acknowledge and present patterns of self-examination that lure us into a future of self-quantification that is irresistible?
I’m convinced the way we unconsciously slice our time, waking and sleeping reflects the underlying structure of our mind. Capturing time-based activities is a way to reverse-engineer subtle underlying brain rhythms. Each work and installation I make is an experiment to find the exact resonant rhythm which tracks the underlying spaces and neural patterns of our mind. Not a total fantasy, this follows from an emerging theory in neuroscience.
More about Sleep
All the good stuff happens while you sleep. If you’re sick, you heal. You build procedural memory, grow taller, resolve conflict, reorder and organize all long-term memory. Recently I’ve learned you dream in all stages, not just REM sleep. I’ve been measuring my nightly sleep using a ZEO eeg headband for over 3 years and have in excess of 900 nights of sleep data. There is a definite pattern to the brainwaves, with much more activity than you’d imagine. It’s ragged with shorter bursts of deep sleep and REM sleep than I thought. I wake up a lot. My brain is pretty busy during sleep -- clearly, sleep rhythms are not so different than waking rhythms.
- Experiments in self-tracking – article in Second Sight
- Will our ‘digital social pulse’ diagnose and predict our behaviour?
- 5 questions
- Artify…will we talk about artification – same as we talk about gamification?
- Don’t fear your phone watching you (the art of self-surveillance)….my TED talk from TEDxAustin
- Data becomes physical: data –> art –> 3D printing
- Texas Biennial catalog from last year just came online
- Making Tracks