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We are all quantified - Workshop in de aanloop naar het Sophia colloquium Unruly Bodies

06/10/2015

You can find the text in English below.

Als voorbereiding op Natacha Roussels presentatie tijdens de panelsessie Virtual Bodies. Technological Selves die plaatsvindt op 30 oktober in het kader van het Sophia colloquium Unruly Bodies. Gender \ Normen \ Verzet, nodigen wij iedereen uit om deel te nemen aan deze workshop die 'the quantified self' onderzoekt vanuit een technisch en een sociaal perspectief.

In onze huidige samenleving zijn digitale praktijken waarbij we ons ‘zelf’ meten alomtegenwoordig aan het worden. Op dagdagelijkse basis gebruiken we tools om onze omgeving, onze activiteiten en onze gezondheid te becijferen, denk bijvoorbeeld aan een stappenteller.

Maar…

Wat meten we eigenlijk?
Wie beslist er wat gemeten dient te worden?
Welke fysische vorm wordt als normaal of de norm beschouwd?
Welke praktijken worden gestimuleerd/(zelf-)gecensureerd op de 'sociale netwerken'?
Hoe verhouden deze praktijken zich tot een geschiedenis waarbinnen vrouwen vaak de taak kregen (en krijgen) om te waken over hun eigen gezondheid en die van anderen?

Binnen deze workshop leggen we uit hoe verschillende van deze tools werken maar gaan we ook op zoek naar alternatieve manieren om hen te gebruiken. De organisatie is in handen van een kleine groep van vrouwen die actief zijn rond gratis software: the Samedies, www.samedies.be

Vragen en inschrijving via: natacha@natacharoussel.com


ENG
As a preparation for Natacha Roussel’s presentation for the session Virtual Bodies. Technological Selves, which will take place on the 30th of October during the Sophia conference Unruly Bodies. Gender \ Norms \ Resistance, we invite you to participate in a workshop examining the processes of the ‘quantified self’ from a technical and a social point of view.


In a contemporary world where digital practices are widespread, every day numerous people employ different sort of tools that enable them to evaluate their environment, activities and health. These tools allow their users to quantify their efforts, some have become very common, for example devices for measuring the amount of steps one takes.

There are several social networks that are based on the sharing of this information, with the goal to help people’s progress in sports, and to engage an interpersonal support network to the benefit of people's health. These websites make it possible to share the different measures we take of ourselves: How much do we weigh? How many glasses of water have we drunk today? How many stairs did we climb?


It's almost like a game. The interface of these websites looks like a car dashboard, all the information is on display, you just have to make sure you adjust the benchmarks according to what is expedient to gain the encouragement of the online community.

Sometimes people seem to trust the information on display even more than they trust their own feelings. It seems important to understand in which ways these data are inscribed in a history of women taking care of their own health (and that of others).


What do we measure?
Who decides what and how to measure?
Which norms are enforced in this way?
Which type of solidarity do these measurements give structure to?


The workshop will aim to transmit alternative usages of these tools. We will explain their technical functioning, and explore ways to use them differently, for example with other types of imagery. It is inspired by the research that has been done by a small group of women who are interested in free software: the Samedies, www.samedies.be


The workshop will follow a social gaming methodology, during which you will be invited to associate different images with your self-tracking data. We will also discuss how activity monitors such as Fitbit collect data and store it on their servers.

We will learn to:
- Get personal data from the Fitbit platform.
- Look at the data that Fitbit communicates and what they measure precisely.
- Use a simple tool to associate the data with images.
- Use our data not only for tracking individual progress or as a source of competition between online "friends" but to trigger other images.
- Each work session will be documented for the benefit of the community.

Everybody’s welcome to participate. You don’t need to possess any prior technical knowledge and/or knowledge of Fitbit.

Questions and registration: natacha@natacharoussel.com

Plaats en tijdstip

Amazone
Rue du Méridien 10 Middaglijnstraat
1210
Bruxelles

17u-21u

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