Assignment 1 based on Daniel Shiffman’s Lévy flight example, with further experiment in generating depth without z value. It resets itself when is clicked, and starts random-walk from the location of a cursor.
Find 3-5 examples of projects that relate to self-tracking and the quantified self and write a 1. short summary description of the project, 2. the project’s broader significance, and 3. why it is interesting to you. When possible, speak to the project implementation as a way to catalog useful methodologies.
Write a short reflection about what your current relationship with self-tracking (e.g. hopes, dreams, perceptions), questions you have about self-tracking and how it could help or harm you, and how you hope the course will help facilitate your interests. Write about which questions you’ve identified to track, how you plan to track those variables of interest, and what challenges you expect to encounter as well as what you hope to learn.
When I hear about self-tracking, it immediately reminds me of a class I took during my undergraduate year, called Relational Design. It was a class focus on collecting massive amount of data from survey, documentation, and archive and transforming it into a meaningful graphic design form. One project that is specifically about self-tracking is the untitled project I took photos of every meal I ate.
It was fun as much as it was bothering, and made me realize certain diet patterns I wasn’t aware of. However, it wasn’t the most interesting projects I’ve done – and it’s proven by the fact that I have no proper documentation of it. When I took photos of the food I ate, it didn’t only contain information about ingredients. Those images contained all different sorts of information such as brands, location/background, and time/brightness. Also, I wasn’t quite clear what can be “meal” to me, while I’m the type of person who eats heavy snacks quite often. The project taught me that solid rules and restrictions of collecting data, will give more regular and simpler outcome – which is easier to pull pattern out of it. For example, if I only collected the geographical sources of ingredients – it might have created a much meaningful project. On another hand, the action of collecting data will be harder, because not all types of food have clear origins of ingredients (or there can be “unknown” category).
Sometimes, that’s not what people always want from archiving and documentation. Archive without rules is exciting as well, and I love all my meaningless photos and Instagram posts. The part that majority of people feel creepy about is that even from those meaningless photo uploads and clicks, companies are still available to quantify something from you. Maybe every component about myself can be quantified, and I just don’t have enough tools to do so. As I’ve mentioned in my previous project, my goal for the next self-tracking is being less arbitrary as much as possible, while keeping interesting topic to track. Ultimately, I hope I learn something unknown about myself through this tracking.