Mapping time, Mapping life. (2011)

Curated by AmyIona
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Historically, emotion was captured through journals, diaries and letters; but with the technology of the twenty-first century, this is changing. No longer are women expected to keep a record of their daily activities, no longer are we all expected to refrain from showing or sharing emotion. Increasingly, our expressions can be mapped in a multitude of different ways: social media is resulting in nano- second communication, while photography is resulting in the prolonging of our most treasured memories. Mapping time, Mapping life explores the different ways in which we share emotion in our technology filled world. ˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜ Both ‘(the photographic diary project)’ and ‘Tea Blog’ take their inspiration from the traditional past time of diary writing, which saw one’s innermost thoughts and secrets revealed on the pages of a bound notebook. Today, this emotion is shown to the world. ‘(the photographic diary project)’ is the digital projection of a diary. Through photography and video links, emotions difficult to express are revealed, thereby attempting to reveal the inner artists personhood. Meanwhile ‘Tea Blog’ uses succinct and unedited language to convey artist Ellie Harrison’s thoughts. Each time she consumed a hot drink, Ellie wrote down the thought top most in her mind. This database of thoughts is comparable to the backlog of entries found in a diary and, just like a diary, showcases an emotional journey. ˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜ Today, emotional journeys can be made in the spotlight of technology. The popularity of social networking sites allow for international emotional revelations. In 2009 Nick Fortunato was invited to create a month long piece of Twitter art for the Brooklyn Museum; the result was a prolonged exploration on the history of publishing, plus the inevitable emotional arch relating to Fortunato’s life during that month. ˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜ An emotional journey for the individual is also shown in both ‘New York City Map’ and ‘My Washington Square’. Both pieces map one location while conveying stories and emotions attached to that location. This manner of sharing emotion may not be new, but with the advent of net.art artists are increasingly interested in manipulating the physical landscape in the virtual computer sphere. ‘New York City Map’ provides intimate snapshots of the city taken by artist Marketa Bankova. It aims to show “the most interesting parts... (at least from my point of view)” and is thus incredibly personal. Unlike traditional maps, Bankova provides multiple points of interaction and allows you to forge your own path through the city. ‘My Washington Square’ records the memories of dozens of people who graduated, discovered skeletons or shared a kiss in this one place. Lloyd fuses contemporary and historical memories, thus creating a document cementing an emotional history of Washington Square.


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