Death Masks for the Unidentified

Work in progress
Made for Computational Portraiture class, instructed by James George and Alexander Porter

Week 4 readings and thoughts

This week’s readings have been very inspiring. I tried to be more disciplined with the readings and enjoyed some of them very much.I also watched “20,000 Days on Earth” and it dealt a lot with memory. Cave reveals that losing his memory is his biggest fear. ‘Because memory is what we are… I think that for a very long time I’ve been building up a kind of world, through narrative songwriting, that’s very clear in my mind. It is a sort of world that has created precious, original memories that define our lives… those moments when the gears of the heart really change. And in some ways that’s what the process of songwriting is for me, the retelling of these memories and the mythologizing of these stories.’

Moving towards the forgetting part of the class, I need to figure out what would I want to forget. Also, there is a paradox to trying consciously to forget something because if we want to check wether it worked or not, there is no way of knowing. “did I forget that thing? Which thing? We need to remember something in order to think about it and if we are thinking about it, then we obviously didn’t forget it.

What if we had a system for forgetting things when they occur. What if we just didn’t record certain things?
If I had to avoid from recording and I recalled this project by Matt Richardson:

I like his system because it prevents the recording of information one does not want to consume.
I also identify with his agenda and would have loved to have a way of avoiding celebrity gossip and gossip in general.

tax timeline

After playing around with my receipts for a while, I think I found a good layout in the form of a timeline. My receipts are documented here  – and I just need to find a way to automate this process and make it more convenient and effortless. I am using timeline.js, which is a very easy to use open source tool. I started giving each post a title of how I remember the expense. Following Taeyoon’s feedback, I included the image of the receipt. This made the OCR process seem slightly redundant when the image is there, but I think there is a value to the text for metadata purposes and making the memory easier to search.