January 17–March 12, 2014
Perlman Teaching Museum, Carleton College
“Lifelogging” is a term to describe the extensive archiving of one’s personal experience. The impulse to track, map, and graph is not only channeled into scientific research, but also animates artistic practice.
Throughout history, artists have used a variety of techniques to document life in a systematic way in an effort to examine the ontological impulse. By focusing on a particular aspect of their lives, artists mediate and synthesize their experience in concrete objects and conceptual projects. Some chronicle the passage of time, some record belongings or surroundings, some chart their movement through the world around them. Some create graphs, diagrams, or lists, others create image inventories, and some translate their data into new and unique formal systems.
This exhibition explores the many ways that lifelogging has entered contemporary art practice, and how artists use this chronicling impulse, not as an uncritical record of every second lived, but as a thoughtful and studied approach to revealing the complexities of human existence.
Featuring the works of twelve artists: Stephen Cartwright, Leona Christie, Jennifer Dalton, Elise Engler, Richard Garrison, Katie Lewis, Nathalie Miebach, Madelyn Roehrig, Clive Smith, Suzanne Szucs, Renato Umali, and Jorinde Voigt.
Learn more at go.carleton.edu/lifeloggers