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LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday

Nathalie Miebach, Hurricane Noel, 2009, Wood, rope, reed, data.May 11 through August 24, 2014.

Counting steps, tracking calories and checking in—new technology allows us to be our own favorite research project. The artists in the exhibition, LifeLoggers: Chronicling the Everyday, take logging to a new level by translating their data into complex and prodigious artwork.

“Lifelogging” describes the extensive documentation of one’s personal experience. Previously the domain of scientific research and recently individual health and fitness analysis, the impulse to track, map and graph now animates artistic practice. The 13 artists in this exhibition produce work in different media—from low tech to high tech—that demonstrates the chronicling impulse, not as an objective record of every second lived, but as a thoughtful and studied approach to revealing the complexities of human existence.

By focusing on a particular aspect of their lives, the artists in Lifeloggers turn personal bits of data and lived experience into works of art. Suzanne Szucs chronicled the passage of time through fifteen years of Polaroid self-portraits and Clive Smith painted miniature self-portraits on wood blocks every day for a year. Others recorded belongings or surroundings: Jennifer Dalton documented both market and sentimental values for everything she owned at a particular time in The Reappraisal, and Elise Engler archived all of the things she carried while traveling in a series called Suitcase Drawings.

Stephen Cartwright
charts his movement through the world around him, logging his longitude and latitude every hour of every day to translate the numerical data into kinetic sculptures, and Nathalie Miebach transforms scientific weather data into colorful, woven sculptures and musical scores. These and other compelling works by Leona Christie, Richard Garrison, Katie Lewis, John Peña, Madelyn Roehrig, Renato Umali and Jorinde Voigt explore the many ways lifelogging has entered contemporary art practice.

Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday was curated by Nadine Wasserman, independent curator, and Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs, Tang Teaching Museum. The exhibition was organized by Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College.

Free Public Programs

Friday, May 23, 6:30pm
Intro to Self-Tracking

Do you know how many hours you sleep each night? Do you keep a food log? Do you monitor your heart rate, count your steps, or record your mood on a regular basis? Learn about the phenomenon of self-knowledge through self-tracking from Eugene Granovsky and Mark Moschel, organizers of the Chicago Quantified Self Meetup Community and technology entrepreneurs.

Friday, June 27, 6:30pm
Artist Talk by Stephen Cartwright

Since 1999, Cartwright has recorded his exact latitude, longitude and elevation every hour of every day and uses digital and traditional fabrication techniques to translate his collected data into a variety of sculptural forms. Cartwright is currently assistant professor at The School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Friday, July 18, 12pm
Exhibition Tour of Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday by EAM Chief Curator Staci Boris

Friday, July 25, 6:30pm
Book Discussion: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Read former television writer Maria Semple’s hilarious and heartfelt satire about parenting, privilege, genius, resilience and life in Seattle. Called clever and inventive, the novel chronicles 15-year-old Bee’s search for her notorious mother Bernadette through an imaginative compilation of documents, including e-mails, letters, school report cards, emergency room bills and police reports. Discussion led
by Elmhurst Public Library staff and held in EAM’s McCormick House.

Friday, August 8, 7pm
Performance: The Top Umali Award Speeches of All Time

Artist Renato Umali will present highlights from his own humorous personal award ceremony. Each year, the Umali Awards acknowledge all the small and large events that make up his life, such as Most Consumed Beer or Best Dining-Out Experience. The highlight of the ceremony is the much anticipated DIWITTY (Days In Which I Talked To You) awards, given to the 10 people he talked to most often throughout the year. Audience members will be able to vote for their favorite speech.

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