Imagine every person who has influenced or affected you since you were a kid… in translucent colored blocks. Polished, hand dyed acrylic blocks become the physical presence of people throughout a life. Their proximity to each other, the amount of influence and type of relationship all manifest in size, color, position and intensity. This piece began with a dataset of friends captured in a complex spreadsheet and ultimately turned into stacks of friends and relationships, as colored blocks to map their collective influence over a lifetime.
Who has influenced you? In the future this will be embedded in your social and proximity metadata record, but right now it mostly exists in your head. If your memory is an indicator of someone having a lasting effect or influence on you, it’s those people. From when you were a kid until now, it’s not as many as you might think. How has their influence changed you? 2018 at the ‘Artists Policing Data’, curated by Daria Dorosh and Jay Moorthy at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Nov 2018-Jan 2019.