One Line at a Time
At the ´aceNITE of November 20th, we presented in the Mezzanine Space the pieces developed by Caroline Suttlehan, sub30 artist-in-residence from USA.
ONE LINE AT A TIME (by Caroline Suttlehan)
For over 5 years now, I’ve been writing one line every day in a journal that now contains over 1,800 daily entries or data points (365 days x 5 years) about the first half of my twenties (ages 21–26).
The journal covers the time period during which I first fell in love, explored a new religion, started therapy and medication, joined the work force, accepted my sexuality, and developed as an artist. It’s a time of transition and identity formation and re-formation.
With a focus on moments rather than minutes, the journal offers me a new way to make meaning of the passing of time. In addition to the qualitative information offered by the entries, I now have a quantitative dataset after running the entries through a sentiment analysis tool.
With this very comprehensive personal dataset, I asked myself— what would it look like to take our chronos time-telling mechanisms and manipulate them to tell time in the way I seem to be measuring time for myself in my journal.
The resulting series of clock designs, powered my significant events and emotions experiences in my life, offers a new perspective on the notion of time but most significantly is a visualization of a very common human endeavour— the attempt to make meaning of one’s life.