What is a Data Portrait?
A data portrait is an abstract video and print portrait of you made with your data and with you collaborating with the artist to create the final version of the artwork.
You produce data in many ways including DNA, weblogs, Fitbit, blood tests, fMRI, heart monitors, microbiome, Google tracking, your digital photos or music, your business or non-profit, and so on. You can also combine your data with the data of others to create marriage portraits, or portraits with your partner(s), your pet(s), your children or the whole family.
What do I get?
– A video in UHD with or without a soundtrack
– Various formats of the video in order to play it on TVs, phones, etc. of varying ages
– A Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist and the gallery
– A hand-crafted can containing a USB thumb drive of the videos
– An 18 x 10 digital print from the video chosen by you and the artist
The final video is a unique piece of art in an edition of one and is yours exclusively, although the artist may ask to show the video and print in gallery and museum exhibitions.
How do I start?
With a conversation between you and the artist. You are free to reflect on anything you care about, anything you want the artist to consider. Though the art is abstract, the artist wants the finished piece to reflect the values, interests, and style of the subject or subjects. The final part of the process is you interacting with the artwork, and the final work is a recording of that interaction. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How is the art priced?
The work is currently priced based on the number of people and the number of data sources used to create the video. The pricing begins at $2,000 for one; person, interview, source of data, interactive session, video, and print.
What do these portraits look like?
You can see examples of Data Portraits by James Pricer on the Generative Art Project’s website at generativeartproject.com/james-pricer-shop.
Note: We take privacy very seriously. Personal data (such as DNA) is encrypted with a strong encryption algorithm when we receive it from the client. If you want to encrypt the data before sending it to us, we will help you do that. The database used in the first part of the artwork creation process is encrypted at rest and deleted upon completion of the project.