When I was starting off in high school, I would keep a methodical diary of my day and at the end of the day I would rate my satisfaction with the day out of 10. By comparing my 2007 diary to a similar set of 2017 ‘happiness’ data - which I collected by rating my happiness out of 10 everyday via email - I was able to produce an interactive digital piece that presents the viewer with a set of motion graphic videos based around the reasons for my happiness (or unhappiness), contrasting 2007 with 2017.
Popular culture and personal photos are used to contextualise the length of time between 2007 and 2017, and gradients are used to communicate the spectrum of happiness. At exhibition, the laser-cut and spray-painted perspex panels are spaced 10 lengths apart to represent that space of time, and the video pieces play when the user presses either the '2007' or '2017' button.
Quantify over Quality
Whether it’s happening consciously or unconsciously, almost every aspect of modern life is being measured. Why is this information collected and what is it used for? Through experimental life-logging, this project looks at what insights can be gleaned from such activities, with a particular emphasis on measuring an abstract concept – happiness.