Project Description


Through my work I often seek to map unseen spaces and hidden connections, so after learning of the Quantified Self, a movement that incorporates technology to collect data on aspects of daily life, I became intrigued to find what I might discover from self tracking. The vast quantities of information about us collected by the government, banks, health insurance companies, places we shop, and sites we visit on the internet has given rise to the existence of digital selves, data doppelgangers about which we feel a certain amount of wariness, because they aren’t totally within our control. The Quantified Self seeks to take ownership of personal data, and use it to understand behavior and mood, create or break habits, or optimize health and productivity. The act of paying attention to the tracks we make reveals connections and patterns in our lives of which we may not be aware, and allows us to better see where we are going by understanding where we have been.