Life Sharing (2000-03)

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«Life Sharing is abstract pornography» Hito Steyerl


For Life Sharing we turned our private lives into a public artwork. We made all of the contents of our home computer accessible to the public for three whole years, between 2000-2003. During this time everything – including emails, files, bank statements, etc. – was made available in real time to be read, copied, and downloaded, as a radical gesture of self-surveillance.


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.




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Private emails published in real time:

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Screenshots and software experiments:

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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:

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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?

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Life Sharing was commissioned by the Walker Art Center through a grant from the Jerome Foundation