Harris invokes the artist as archivist to create a multimedia self-portrait in his ‘Today’ project.
In 1975 Dieter Roth began the Flacher Abfall (Flat Waste) project, whereby he collected a 1 inch by 1 inch piece of found waste and amassed an enormous archival portrait of his daily life. One of the first of its kind, it framed the artist as an archivist as valid method for portraiture and artistic practice
This preoccupation with archiving one’s life and one’s data has become amplified in the age of social media. Jonathan Harris’ Today project continues with this ritualized documentation method. Taking one photo and writing one short story every day, Today is an intimate multimedia self-portrait.
Below is a documentary about Today:
You can check out Jonathan Harris and Scott Thrift (documentary film maker) in conversation at indieScreen Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 20th and at UnionDocs (also in Brooklyn) on May 1st.