Tracking Across Generations
Since the day Aaron Yih was born, his grandfather documented his life in large photo collages he hung on the walls. Now that his grandfather is 84, Aaron is using digital archiving and modern lifelogging tools to continue the record that his grandfather began over two decades ago.
Physiological measurements at classical concerts
Elliott Hedman studied himself and others' physiological measurements during a classical concert. In addition to tracking himself and others with EDA sensors, he also videotaped the sensors. He learned that the transitions from loud to quiet or the reverse triggered everyone's sympathetic nervous systems activities. Interestingly, however, he learned how humans are receptive to familiar sounds, because when a xylophone was played, Hedman was the only one triggered because he used to play when he was a kid. In this talk, Elliot speaks to the benefits of both: being less quantitative and more qualitative with your data and less "self-centric" and more "community-centric" when analyzing.
Steven knows that he needs to listen to an album a few times before he begins to like it. Despite knowing this, he found that he often chose not to listen to a new album because he knew it would be somewhat unpleasant. In this talk, he shows a system he created that schedules when he should listen to a particular album in the hopes that it would lead him to liking new music.
Seeing My Data In 3d
Stephen Cartwright has been tracking his family member's location for years. He tracks where they are everyday of the year. Stephen then makes glass, plastic, and resin sculptures that capture the beauty of the self-recorded data. The sculptures float in the air or are captured in clear blocks to reveal intersections and correlation of the data. In this video, Stephen shares how he does his work and what he learns from the process.
Self-Tracking As Artistic Practice
Jacek Smolicki is an artist and curator based in Sweden, where he does his research. 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 from that week’s magazines, drawing portraits of people on the train, photographing 7 found objects during a weekly walk, recording one-minute soundscape samples, and more. He also shares what he has learned from his experiments.
17 Years of Location Tracking
Stephen Cartwright has been tracking his latitude, longitude and elevation since 1999. He has almost 150,000 hourly location recordings. He finds that he gets more reliable data from manually logging his location instead of relying on the GPS in his smartphone. In this talk, Steven shows how seventeen years of location tracking has given him a wealth of data to explore in the form of three-dimensional data visualization sculptures, which have been shown at some QS conferences.
The Art of Self-Tracking
In this talk, Alberto discusses about the art of self-tracking, featuring works from international artists who use personal data tracking techniques in their artistic practices. He shares examples of self tracking from the following international artists: Janina Turek, Stephen Cartwright, Katherine Denatsio and Brian House. The artists' work varies from turning data into 3D sculptures to musical notation interpreted by cello players. Alberto shares his deep admiration and enthusiasm for these inspiring artists.
Data Cartography: The Journey to Existence Mapping
For three years Chris has been using low-friction data collection to capture hundreds of elements of his life into a repository for search, visualization and analysis. Two years ago he started incorporating as many events, devices, sensors, applications, and services that he could into his life. Currently he has over 300 systems that simultaneously monitor everything that he does whether it be his home, his work, or his play. Chris realized that his data was starting to look like a unique pattern, like a topographical map. In this video, he talks about his journey to existence mapping.