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QS17 Preview: Data-Based Sculpture

May 10, 2017

At QS17, Stephen Cartwright, associate director at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will share the amazing landscape sculptures he has created from self-tracking data.

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Jacek Smolicki: Self-Tracking As Artistic Practice

February 11, 2016

“I don’t have a concrete goal. I don’t have a concrete aim to advance myself. It’s a way to explore different aspects of my life through data.” Since 2009 Jacek Smolicki has experimented with using personal data as a mode for artistic exploration. In this talk, he presents some of his practices: Making a collage…

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QSEU15 Preview: Putting Physiological Signals into Pictures

September 2, 2015

Media artist Danielle Roberts (check out her Reverse Calendar), found her curiosity piqued by a scientific paper claiming that  the well-known calming benefits of being in nature can be achieved by merely looking at pictures of natural landscapes. At QS Europe 15, Danielle will present her “Virtual View” project, which combines image and sound for immersion in…

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2015 QS Visualization Gallery: Part 3

July 28, 2015

We’re excited to share another round of personal data visualizations from our QS community. Below you’ll find another five visualizations of different types of personal data. Make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 as well! Name: Edward Dench Description: All recorded flights I’ve taken. Tools: Manual entry into openflights.org (there is an interface using…

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2015 QS Visualization Gallery: Part 1

July 9, 2015

In 2013, just prior to our our Quantified Self Global Conference, we asked conference attendees to send us examples of their own personal data visualizations that they found especially meaningful. We were blown away by what everyone shared with us. From visualizations of blood glucose readings to GPS traces and plots of time tracking and…

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The Art of Self-Tracking

June 10, 2015

On June 20th we’re inviting the public to join us for the first ever Quantified Self Expo. It’s going to be a full day of dedicated to showcasing amazing QS tools with multiple demos, talks, how-to sessions, and exciting experiences. But that’s not all. We’re excited to host, as part of the Expo, an exhibition…

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Cors Brinkman: Lifelog as Self-Portrait

August 18, 2014

Cors Brinkman is a media artist and student. In June of 2013, he started a project to keep track of himself. He decided to start with LifeSlice, a tool to have your computer keep track of your behavior by taking a picture, screenshot, and location data every hour. After experimenting with that system Cors added…

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Laurie Frick: Experiments in Self-tracking

July 24, 2014

As much as we talk about self-tracking being about health or fitness. . . I think it’s about identity. I think it’s about us. It’s about seeing something meaningful in who we are. Laurie Frick is a self-tracker and visual artist. It this unique combination that has led her down a path of learning about herself…

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Alberto Frigo: A 36-year Tracking Project

July 3, 2014

“I’ve been systematically tracking my life since the 24th of September, 2003.” A little over 10 years ago Alberto Frigo embarked on an ambitious project, 2004-2040, to understand himself. Starting with tracking everything his right (dominant) hand has used, he’s slowly added on different tracking and documentation projects. Keeping the focus on himself and his…

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Conference Preview: Tracking Over Time

April 25, 2014

We’re fascinated by self-tracking projects that extend over long periods of time, and at the upcoming QS Europe conference we’re going to hear from two artists who have been making work out of novel personal data extending back for years. Since 2004, Alberto Frigo has taken a photograph of every object he holds in his dominant…

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Self Expression From Performance Data

April 23, 2013

Typically when we think about Quantified Self and the associated collection and visualization of personal data we’re left struggling in the world of charts, graphs, and other well-worn visualizations. That’s not to disparage those of you who love spending some time tinkering in Excel. Those are valuable tools for understanding and there is a good…

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Cristian Monterroza: My Autobiography Through Quantification

November 17, 2012

Cristian Monterroza felt like his life was slipping in a direction that he didn’t like, and was inspired to start tracking by the amazing lifelogging project of artist On Kawara. Cristian started out using several different apps, then created his own app to passively record his daily activities, called wrkstrm. In the video below, Cristian shares the insights…

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Numbers from Around the Web: The Simple, Wonderful Art of Tracking

February 18, 2012

This is a special NFTAW post on a  project we think is full of insight and beauty. For those of you that were lucky enough to attend the first European Quantified Self conference this past November in Amsterdam you know how inspiring our good friend Laurie Frick can be. Laurie is a visual artist who…