Jonathan Harris speaks on the myth of consistency and how humans relate to technology.

Our speaker at the June 2012 CreativeMornings/NewYork was Jonathan Harris. Jonathan makes projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other.

In this talk, appropriately given during CreativeMornings’ Arts + Tech themed month done in partnership with RISD, Jonathan revisits different phases of his life and the medium that marked them in his work as an artist. Starting with paint, Jonathan speaks on data, life, himself, and tool(s) — addressing both the positives and negatives of each medium as well as what he hopes for the future of arts + tech.

About the speaker

Jonathan Harris makes projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, his projects range from building the world’s largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat). He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, happiness, anonymity, news, and language. His latest project is Cowbird, a community of storytellers working to build a public library of human experience.

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Life is a journey and you have new information coming in all the time, and you often have to make radical changes in course and direction. And it's really important to be sensitive and intuitive to the things happening around you so you can pick up on those cues and change course when you need to. — Jonathan Harris

There is this trade off. The more you document your own life, the more you check in, the more you tweet, the more you post photos of what you did last night. The more you do all this stuff ... In a way, you start to step out of those moments. — Jonathan Harris

It's really important to take steps back every now and then. Especially when you feel like you are getting caught up in a vortex and you are not making choices for yourself but just reacting to the way people act around you. — Jonathan Harris

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