The Davies Forum

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Each semester a different group of selected students called Davies Scholars participates in the interdisciplinary Davies Seminar under the direction of that semester's Davies Professor.

Fall 2017

The Quantified Self

Technology, Choreography and Embodiment

Co-taught by:
Prof. Liat Berdugo, Design
Prof. Megan Nicely, Performing Arts & Social Justice
Tue. & Thu. 4:35–6:20 p.m.

We live in an age of the “quantified self,” in which our activities, moods, and consumer habits are increasingly tracked and studied in a data-driven society. Accelerometers in devices like the FitBit chart our activity, GPS-tracking locate us, and advertising optimizations chronicle our web searches. While all this data-tracking drives market forces, it is also a way to get to know ourselves in relation to new technologies. For at the same time that forces of quantification choreograph our navigation through networks, their tools — the FitBit, the iPhone, the Oculus Rift — allow us to understand our physical bodies in new ways. Davies Scholars in this course will critically and creatively examine the freedom and ownership entailed by the drive towards technological quantification.

Davies Scholars in this course will critically and creatively examine the freedom and ownership entailed by the drive towards technological quantification.

Contact Us

The Davies Forum

Harney, Room 145
(415) 422-6894
davies.forum@usfca.edu

Program Assistant
Olivia Pena