I really appreciate art and what it brings to the world. I can't imagine my life without art. Making it, appreciating it, thinking about it. I love it when I see the world differently because of a piece of art or a particular artists take on life. Like the people who've I've mentioned before, who photograph everything they eat for a year. Or the artist, who's capturing his entire life, every minute, every day, for a project he calls tracking transience as a reaction to being stopped, questioned and proven innocent after 9/11, thanks to his pda calendar. Or this project from microsoft called my life bits. All very interesting iterations on the theme of capturing and cataloguing some part of ones daily life in "scientific" way.
And what I find interesting about it personally, is that it highlights the fact that I often have to do that very thing, while living with diabetes. And because I have to do it, I find it a burden, not a source of interesting insight or commentary on modern life. I see it as a chore instead of information. Is that just because I have to do it? Is it because it's just one more annoying detail I have attend to around my diabetes? Is it because it requires my attention yet again? All interesting questions which I probably wouldn't have considered, if it weren't for art. I like that. I like stopping and questioning stuff I just take for granted. I like the opportunity to see what I have to do in a different context. Especially if it gives me an opportunity to frame up that task in a happier, more interesting way.
Images are a screen grab from various photos on flickr so thanks to those taken by someone other than me.