Laurie Frick is a data artist. She uses self-tracking data to construct hand-built works and installations. Using her background in engineering and high-technology she explores the future of self-surveillance where sensors and a mass of measurements present patterns of how we feel, stress level, mood and bio-function digitally recorded and physically produced.
She holds and MFA from the New York Studio School, an MBA from the University of Southern California and studies at New York University’s (arts & technology) ITP program. Frick recently was awarded residencies by the Neuroscience Research Center University of Texas, the Headlands, Yaddo and the Bemis Center. Frick’s talks and publications include The Huffington Post, Nature Publishing Group, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, NPR and in 2013 a TED talk at TEDxAustin. This past year she had solo exhibitions at Texas State University, Oklahoma Contemporary and Marfa Contemporary.
From “Patterned Language”:
Keeping track of time, minute‐by‐minute, is harder than it sounds. After several amateurish attempts, I searched online for ways to track time on a daily basis. I found Ben Lipkowitz, an engineer and coder. Between 2005 and 2011, Ben logged every hour of every day, sharing it online at www.fennetic.net. His data is turned into ‘Daily Time Slices’. For me, I try to explore a fantasy future where everything is recorded and captured seamlessly and invisibly. Manictime app is just such a ‘thing’…turn it on and you can log every click you make. I continue to imagine laser and 3D printing technology delivering physical, tangible hand‐made patterns directly to your walls, captured, made and recycled….in physical form. Digital becomes physical, and yet will feel hand-made It’s not far off. (Texas State University installation images – Feb 2014, curated by Mary Mikel Stump).