«Life Sharing is abstract pornography» Hito Steyerl
For Life Sharing we turned our private lives into a public artwork. We made each and every file on our computer, from texts and photos to bank statements and emails, available to anyone at any time through our website.
Unlike social networks, which didn’t exist at the time, its focus was sharing. Anything on our computer was available to search, read and freely copy, including the system itself, since we were using only free software.
Private emails published in real time:
Screenshots and software experiments:
To extend the idea of exposing ourselves through the internet we started wearing a GPS transmitter so that anyone could know exactly where we were at any given time:
Performing at Manifesta, Frankfurt (2002)
We were obsessed with traffic logs, waking up in the middle of the night to check how many people were viewing Life Sharing. Where did they come from? What were they watching? For how long?
Life Sharing was commissioned by the Walker Art Center through a grant from the Jerome Foundation