self-tracing / self-watching

self-tracing / self-watching

01.02.2015 10:00
Café Stage

During one day of the festival, students from the Weißensee Academy of Art develop a social sculpture in the cafe stage of the HKW.

The recent issues on surveillance systems create a sense of how fragile digital communication is and it also shows how easily our personal data can be accessed. On the other hand the average user of social networks like Facebook or Twitter doesn't really care much whether private information goes public or not. Far from it: self-tracing, self-watching, self-publicity and self-quantification is considered useful for individual purposes. In Fall 2014 weißensee academy of art berlin offered a seminar on above issues. As a result a social sculpture is developed in the cafe stage of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt during one day of the transmediale. In a collective approach while arranging and rearranging individual contributions, the installation changes its shape. At the same time the installation builds its own story.

Contributions to the installation by: Anne Brouwer, Louise Douet-Sinenberg, Hannah Fiand, Jana Jedermann, Elizabeth Johnson, Lukas Jakob Löcker, Dora Petrova, Pascal Reinhard, Phillip Schaefer, Stefanie Schwarzwimmer, Carme Servalls Munar, Vera van de Seyp, Dafna Stoilkova, Daniele Tognozzi, Maria Turik
Coordination by: Hannes Brunner, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Felix Groll
Image: 9to5 by Stefanie Schwarzwimmer, Christopher Schmidt

Contributions to the installation self-tracing / self-watching:

Hannah Fiand. Daten säen, Glück ernten?
A report of a two-week experiment of self-tracking.

Dafna Stoilkova. Self-communication
As we are getting captured more and more, do we capture ourselves fully? - An interactive garment reminds their owner to not fall asleep during the day.

Jana Jedermann. Tracing worms
Don't you remember where you have been on the 21.4.2012 at 3:27pm? Google Maps knows it (definitely). The tracing worms are the embodiment of everyday routes through Berlin documented by Google Maps over the last two years. Each worm represents one random day in this period.

Elizabeth Johnson. FLAT LANDS
A vast, infinite, and artificial space. Questioning virtual realms, how far they extend, and our ability (or inability) to find ourselves in them.

Lukas Jakob Löcker. #mirrormirror
The project is dealing with the question of self-presentation & self-perception via one’s body and data on several different layers and how that reflects our current society.

Carme Servalls Munar. From A to B
Which kind of traces do we leave in our daily lives? My fear of getting lost in the middle of a new big city has led to generating an important amount of digital information about where I have been and where I am going to be. Using Google Maps as an essential tool in my daily routine, I have been recording these two digital and physical itineraries in order to recreate these tracks from my own perspective. A personal map of Berlin.

Dora Petrova, Louise Douet-Sinenberg, Vera van de Seyp. Watch your traces
As the visitors face the screen, they are being filmed. The projection works like a mirror, but the faces are being covered. We intend to question the appeal raised by a vision of oneself in an exhibition space. When the visitors move to the backside of the projection, the covered faces are being exposed continuously, to everyone.

Stefanie Schwarzwimmer. 9 to 5
9 to 5 is the Western definition of time for work or labor. A clock is being filmed for these eight hours without interruption by a camera that is lying on my chest. The shown image is constantly unstable as it is bound to the movement of my breathing. You can hear the sound of my breathing and occasional ambient noises.

Daniele Tognozzi. Ecke
An empty corner is used for projections from another corner, not defined where that is, but someone is hanging pictures or rearranging physical displays like a skull on a shelf referring to vanities and disappearing life.

Maria Turik and Anne Brouwer. No one knows where I am
Growing awareness of the pervasive data capturing evokes latent unease. One seeks a refuge. The work offers one - it is a place to sleep, because, when you sleep no one knows where you are.

Pascal Reinhard. Cow-watching
A feeling of being watched is proposed by offering an image of animal, because we are not used to being watched by animals.

Phillip Schaefer. Weltanschauung
Remixing, mobile, and in flux, the installation schizophrenically shifts throughout the day as if sifting through our apps. If only we could utilize all of our apps at once