2016.xlsx

For an entire year, I entered every monetary transaction I made into an Excel spreadsheet. A few times I found myself sucked in to the spreadsheet for hours longer than intended, but I recognized the activity resulted in a sense of satisfaction not unlike getting lost in painting on a canvas or weaving on a loom. This process of data collection as a self-portrait is something that I am deeply interested in. Each receipt is a transaction record linked to a place I’ve been, experience I had, an object I own or gave away, a food I ingested or shared. The video was made using Quicktime Player's screen recording feature, which I used to record myself scrolling in the spreadsheet document. I layered and overlapped these recordings to fill the screen of my laptop to make an overwhelming composition that I consider as both a personal self portrait and universal ode to a year's worth of living compressed into a digital file.