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Life & Data: A Daily Self-Potrait By Jonathan Harris [Video]

Harris invokes the artist as archivist to create a multimedia self-portrait in his 'Today' project.

Lisa Baldini
Lisa Baldini on April 15, 2011.

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.

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Lisa Baldini is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. As a student of Graham Harwood, Luciana Parisi, and Matthew Fuller, Lisa's interest in technology lies in how culture is changed from the bottom up through history, materiality, databases, user experience, and affective computing. A student of social media marketing, she sees how people try to engage consumers through technology and how much failure is at hand by misunderstanding the medium. A teacher at heart, she writes and curates in an effort to link the knowledge derived between the academic, art, and business worlds.

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