Lyfeloggin’thoughtz explores the subject of life logging, issues of privacy and image ownership. The artist wore two narrative clips (which are small wearable cameras that take photos every 60 seconds), one mounted towards herself and another directed outwards. The photos captured are then presented in the format of a teenage tumblr blog.
Life logging is the concept of capturing and recording everything in one's life. As wearable technology becomes increasingly cheaper and accessible, some speculate that in the near future it would be common practice.
In this piece the artist set out to experiment with the social and psychological implications of wearing the cameras in public for 2 consecutive weeks.
The blog aesthetic is characterized by 90s tech nostalgia, for example the use of pixilation, 8 bit, gifs, myspace aesthetic...etc; as well as current post internet aesthetics: pervasive irony, reference to net/app iconography, and ‘internet’ humor (e.g. memes). This aesthetic is particularly fascinating as it seems to have originated from the demography of digital natives who have grown up with the internet as always being a part of their lives. The employment of this aesthetic aims to envision the technology in a normalized context of potential adopters.
The piece is still in ongoing development and aims to incorporate a duration of live streaming.
This project is made in collaboration with Decimal Lab at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada.
What will the future look like? To judge from many speculative fiction films and books, from Blade Runner to Cloud Atlas, the future will be full of cities that resemble Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, and it will be populated mainly by cold, unfeeling citizens who act like robots. Techno-Orientalism investigates the phenomenon of imagining Asia and Asians in hypo or hyper-technological terms in literary, cinematic, and new media representations, while critically examining the stereotype of Asians as both technologically advanced and intellectually primitive, in dire need of Western consciousness raising.
Orientalism refers to the imitation of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West, and was devised in order to have authority over the Orient. The concept of re-Orientalism maintains the divide between the Orient and the West.However, where Orientalism is based on how the West constructs the East,re-Orientalism is grounded on how the cultural East comes to terms with an orientalized East.
The piece used the following quote as a guideline for aesthetics:
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.