This work, like all of your pieces from the “Internet Cache Portraits” is almost entirely uncensored. How much are you looking at the imagery once it has been generated? Are you interested in looking back and seeing trends or different moments from your life?
I try not to look at the imagery too closely because the more I start looking at it, the more I want to start censoring it, and that's a big part of the project, that I'm not censoring it. Part of my process with this work, and part of the reason why I do the portraits of myself more often than of others is that it is an invasive request. It has taken me years to kind of forget as much as I can that I'm recording. That's a huge part of the project, and it speaks to the culture of security with the Internet. We all have a sense that we're being watched, but even when you have nothing to hide, it does affect the decisions you make.
So, I try to actively forget as much as possible that I'm recording this data and it's gotten easier since I've been doing it for so many years. I do look through them but not with a fine-tooth comb-looking for bank information for example. I'm trying to look away as much as possible not because I'm not interested in seeing what's there, but because I don't want to obsess over it enough where I start wanting to censor it.
But then on the flip side of that-my favorite experiences with this series have been more informal. I had leftover material from it that I ended up using as flooring in my last studio in Paris. Just the floor of my studio was all papered with an old cache print, and so that became one I was really close to (physically close to). I would sit in it every day, and I would drop my pen and I would look down and would be confronted with images from my browsing history and at that point-a lot of time had passed.
I enjoyed looking at it because they were memories for me. I'd see bits and pieces of projects that I was working on from a year or two years ago that had either since turned into a project that existed in the world or ended up being a project that I threw away. It was interesting to be confronted with these little bits and pieces of my artistic process.