2008 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
Raw Data - Personal Visceral Devices explores how contemporary technology can provide us with new relationships to our visceral experiences of pleasure and pain. Our primary contemporary mode of personal memory is photography, which creates visual, rather than visceral memories. Our photographically intoned memories are of how our bodies look, rather than how these bodies feel at a certain moment in time. While we remember the feeling of pleasure or pain, it is difficult to recall the physical sensations themselves. You can remember the feelings of intensity from great sex, but not the details of your muscle contractions. What would it mean to record pleasure or pain from the point of view of the body itself, not from a photographic lens outside the body? Is it possible to create personal devices that allow this internally generated temporal data to be stored, compared, and re-accessed at a later moment in time? Could such devices allow personal memory to meaningfully incorporate the visceral as well as the visual? My proposal, Raw Data - Personal Visceral Devices, explores how this might be possible.