Text me: How we live in Language
2017 / Data driven artwork for the Text Me exhibition, Design Museum Atlanta
I have had the opportunity to be part of the show Text Me: How We Live in Language, curated by Debbie Millman and hosted at the Design Museum in Atlanta. The exhibition - featuring 70 designers and artists - “is an attempt to organize, express, translate and reflect both how we live in language and how language now defines our lives.”
“The individual component of language—text—is the prime vehicle used to express the experiences of our existence—from minor moments of daily life to the grand nature of the human condition. Our ancestors as far back as the cave man have been using symbols to document and record experiences.
I worked with notifications, tracking and visualizing how words coming out of our phones demand our attention and pace the rhythm of our days.
For one week, I tracked all the push notifications that popped up on my phone and visualized them. I tracked the type of notification -whether it was a text message, an email, a phone call, news, working chat or other apps -, I noted down how long before I saw it after it arrived, and one or two meaningful words from the text: a way to humanize and contextualize my tracking.
As the description to the piece written by the curator reads: “Her artwork challenges viewers to confront the magnitude of their smartphone usage. Lupi tracks her phone’s notifications, mapping out when she saw them, sorting them by subject matter and type, and detailing what activity she interrupted in order to view them. Text in her piece functions as journal, and the information accounting reflects our individual priorities. the work is a stunning sobering reminder of just how much time and energy we devote to the glowing screens in our pockets."
Pictures from the exhibition: