How far in advance did you decide on the themes for each week? Were any topics off-limits?
We started with a shared list of possible topics for the fifty-two weeks ahead, but ultimately we would decide the topic for the week over the weekend before. We would text each other and decide together what would be best to track for the week ahead, depending on what we’ve been logging for the previous seven days and discussing about how to even evolve our data collection. In fact, as the project evolved, we challenged ourselves to find data not only in our activities but also in the words we use, in our thoughts, in our surroundings, in our belongings; to compose an articulate portrait of ourselves and our lives.
Did it feel odd revealing often quite personal details to someone who you’d only met twice?
Surprisingly, it didn’t. Over the year, we noticed how this natural process of personal investigation through data became less and less intimidating, and the more we became confident with our process, the more we wanted to explore how a person’s whole personality – including her flaws and obsessions – can truly be described using data alone.
Since when gathering data of any sort, it’s vital that you are honest in your data gathering, this need for data integrity meant that we needed to have integrity and ensure that we were revealing ourselves as we really were, warts and all.
We also think that by when presenting even the most dark and personal matters in data form, it offers you a bit of thoughtful distance to the subject makes you less afraid to reveal such secrets, and then you are even more ready to share your whole self to the other person.