Erdem Taşdelen


The Quantified Self Poems

Series of 12 silkscreen prints
26" x 40" (66 x 101.6 cm) each

The Quantified Self Poems is a project that considers the use of tracking apps and devices for self-improvement, in which I experimented with digital technologies to produce a series of poems.

Over a period of three months in the summer of 2016, I reported my moods three times a day on Emotion Sense, a smart phone app developed for mood tracking by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK. As I answered a series of questions and marked my emotional states on a grid on my phone, my feelings were recorded as quantified data which I requested access to from the researchers.

I then worked with a programmer to create an algorithm that translated this raw data into words drawn from a unique dictionary created for the project. This process resulted in six poems that appear to be written by an emotive automaton—in a sense they are written by me, but not penned by me. These six poems were produced as part of a suite of twelve screen prints, the other six of which feature views of the user interface of Emotion Sense.

The Quantified Self Poems was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and produced with thanks to Daniel Zomparelli and Ali Bilgin Arslan.

For more information, please click to read:
Quantified Self, Canadian Art, Winter 2017

Installation view: The Quantified Self Poems, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2017. Photos by SITE Photography.