Sensing and valuing bodily difference through diabetic data art

Track:
MULTIMODAL/INTERMEDIA ART II
What:
Talk
When:
16:30, Thursday 6 May 2021 (30 minutes)
Discussion:
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SamuelThulin, Independent scholar, Canada

In this presentation I will critically address dominant orientations to the collection and analysis of bodily data in practices of self-tracking, focusing specifically on the datafication of Type 1 diabetes. In dialogue with work from critical disability studies, I argue that biomedical orientations to diabetic data (which includes blood sugar measurements, carb counting, insulin dosing) often involve taken-for-granted attitudes toward bodies that leave little space for deeper engagements with bodily difference. My current Hemo-resonance series of art works is an attempt to make room for a broader range of understandings of relationships between bodies and data through multi-sensory aesthetic experiences. I draw on concepts such as Lutpton’s “data sense” and Gouge and Jones’ inventional data practices to develop the notion of “data resonance” and to encourage experiments in diabetic data art. I advocate for approaches to relationships between data and bodies that leave space for unintelligibility and illegibility, as well as offering critical avenues for sensing and making sense, in order to more fully value bodily difference.

Presenter
Independent