ikonica_Event_MV“Quantified Self to Essential Self: mind and body as partners in health” is a talk with Linda Stone at MIT on April 10th, but seems as a weak idea of computer and human multitasking in multimedia art.

Stone claims that “Quantified Self to Essential Self  is a key movement to bring us into a more harmonious relationship with our bodymind and with technology. The Quantified Self movement celebrates “self-knowledge through numbers.” In our current love affair with QS, we tend to focus on data and the mind. Technology helps manage and mediate that relationship. The body is in there somewhere, too, as a sort of “slave” to the mind and the technology.”

She elaborates “However, in our relationship with technology, we easily fall out of touch with our bodies. We know how many screen hours we’ve logged, but we are less likely to be able to answer the question: “How do you feel?””

Stone had asked questions, and tried to answer: “So, what is Essential Self and what technologies might we develop? The Essential Self is that pure sense of presence — the “I am.” The Essential Self is about our connection with our essential nature. The physical body, our senses and feelings are often responsive to our behaviors, to others, and to activities in ways to which we fail to attend. What if we cultivated our capacity to tune in in the same way animals tune in? What if we had a set of supportive technologies that could help us tune in to our Essential Self? Passive, ambient, non-invasive technologies are emerging as tools to help support our Essential Self. Some of these technologies work with light, music, or vibration to support “flow-like” states.”

Stone tried to conclude: “While quantified self technologies offer value by contributing to awareness (of steps, pulse ox, HRV, etc.), Essential Self Technologies support us in tapping into the wisdom of the body. Quantified Self is to Essential Self as syntax is to semantics”

But this weak idea of computer and human multitasking in multimedia art is just Stone’s question without answers…Media Via’s editor Dr Srnic gives the answer in her scientific paper: PHD SRNIC: MULTITASKING ACTUALISATION IN MULTIMEDIA ART