map.me: FINAL PRESENTATION
For over 10 days I collected data about myself. I included data that I knew was already being collected by the apps on my phone and personal, emotional, data, that I chose to record.
This piece is an exploration of my multiple, intertwined, overlapping, selves. It is a work about vulnerability and everyday performance. It attempts to create evidence of all of my realities and is especially interested in engaging with my capacity to feel. Furthermore, it explores my own engagement with surveillance culture, including my participation in self surveillance.
The final product represents the merging of my virtual self and physical/”real” self and my personal/hidden self. This work is about the creation of identity and the act of displaying. This work is about confusion and honesty.
The original project proposal can be found HERE.
My first plan was to :
blot information about my location and mood every 30 minutes to an hour onto a map that can be accessed online. In real time. For the course of a month. Essentially stalking myself and allowing others to do the same. I would focus on providing information that is already readily available about me via my social media accounts; check my facebook, I have “my location” turned on.
Things did not work out exactly as I had planned.
I ended up using the reporter app to record the data I wanted to collect:
The app itself worked great. It let me set the data I wanted to collect and the amount of times per day I collected it. It also exported JSON files directly to my dropbox, which I initially thought would be a god-send. And the developers provided great documentation for how to access the JSON data: https://gist.github.com/dbreunig/9315705.
Getting the files from dropbox to my sketch turned out to be harder than I had imagined and I quickly realized that I might just have to update the data manually if I wanted this performance to be live (ish). I rolled with the changes and kept moving. And then the app issued an update, which was no longer compatible with my phone. 12 days into a 40 day performance I had to cut things short and work with what I had already collected. And nix the live feed idea.
In the end this project became a prototype for what I hope will one day be a longer piece. Sometimes making art is a lesson in losing control.
Building the Sketch:
Jean Baudrillard: “Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: A hypperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it. It is never the less the map that proceeds the territory – precession of simulacra- that engenders the territory.”
Sophie Calle: “evidence of my own existence”
Ann Hirsh: “quickly learned that if I pretended to be confident, people would believe it. And then I actually became more confident as a result”