Gillian Wearing
“Homage to the Woman with the bandaged face who I saw yesterday down the street”, 1996


Gillian Wearing

Homage to the Woman with the bandaged face who I saw yesterday down the street”, 1996

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"As a street artist, I’m used to sharing my stuff with the public. It’s a communal experience. I’ve learned not to be so precious, but rather to enjoy the process."


"“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ― Henry David Thoreau"

""graf" is the “innate compulsion to advertise [one’s] existence.” [Stephen “ESPO” Powers]"


"Daniel Ortega (ca. 1920) stelde dat de moderne samenleving vanaf pakweg 1850 twee peilers had: democratie en techniek. Nu zien we dat de techniek zich nog verder ontwikkelt maar dat de democratie aan het krimpen is."



Most people may not consider themselves to be as fanatical as Hoffman about recording their lives, but we do track a tremendous amount of information — it’s just that the default is usually to focus on sharing it on social networks or through messages rather than organizing it for ourselves.

While 2013 proved to be the year that services like Snapchat found success focusing on the ephemeral, these life-tracking apps gained traction by emphasizing the opposite. Yet, the two app categories may be succeeding for some of the same reasons.

Nearly 10 years after Facebook launched and provided a platform to broadcast to the world, more and more users appear to be looking for private services, whether it be messaging a select group of friends or recording something for yourself first.

(…) both are benefitting from the ubiquity of smartphones and improvements to the cameras that come on these devices.

"Our [DayOne] focus is about writing and proactively contributing to your journal, not letting your photo stream or other streams automate your journal so much that it becomes backup or storage,"
“I would like to have it built in a way where the user could pick any type of data that’s relevant to them,”

The more data we collect about ourselves and the better it can be organized, the closer Hoffman believes we come to what he refers to as “the holy grail:” a personal API. Or, in more layman’s terms: a comprehensive database of our entire lives.

The grand vision for Hoffman is that lifetracking apps will rekindle the desire to record these in-between moments, Google Glass and other wearables will serve as better tools to capture them and Memoir or something like it will make all these moments easily searchable.

Some startups are now looking to go a step further and not only use past memories to provide perspective on the present, but offer actionable feedback and recommendations for the future.



"(…) the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, “Hello, this is me.”"


"What eludes Mr Snowden – along with most of his detractors and supporters – is that we might be living through a transformation in how capitalism works, with personal data emerging as an alternative payment regime. The benefits to consumers are already obvious; the potential costs to citizens are not. As markets in personal information proliferate, so do the externalities – with democracy the main victim."