Rhythm is a data visualization and sonification of menstrual cycle data over the course of a year between 2/2/17 and 2/2/18. Literally listening to the
body celebrates the physicality of its presence, resisting the categorization and disembodied abstraction of identity that happens in the commodification of personal data online. The sonification of this data gives space to explore a subjective biological rhythm that is unique from cycle to cycle, or person to person. I am interested in the process of collecting and interpreting bio-data as ritual act that allows one to assert and explore this presence in a poetic way.
In using family photographs in this project as my base data material, I aim to reference these established rituals of affirming one’s identity, and converge them with the use of biometric data as verification for identity. In extracting biometrics from my family photos, in a futile way, I seek some kind of static truth in them. I dilute them, stripping them of their emotional and cultural contexts, down to their mathematized value. And in aesthetically reinterpreting this data, I highlight biometric data collection as not only a reductive process but perhaps a productive process in its creation of new externalized, alternative representations of identity. The form in which I encode and archive this biometric data as a way of producing something rather than just translating. I create my own aesthetic lexicon of preserving and archiving notions of identity. Through creating this multilayered archive of family photos, facial recognition data, and data visualizations, I explore the aesthetic, emotional, and personal relationships between these three different methodologies of situating, preserving, and affirming identity.