Making Art from Self-Tracking Cycling Data

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This paper describes a collection of data-driven aesthetic explorations that investigate the concept of 'cycling as art practice' made possible through the use of self-tracking tools while journeying by bicycle into the landscape. The explorations draw upon the philosophy of the ‘Walking Artists’ and the concept of ‘the dematerialization of the art object’ as counterpoints to the Quantified Self Community, which aims to visualize previously invisible aspects of our daily lives for the purposes of positive self-monitoring. In doing so it begins to draw attention aesthetically, and philosophically, to the way in which representations of our experiences, particularly of landscape, can be formed through the use of such technologies for generative art purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-263
Number of pages15
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number4
Early online date6 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • cycling art
  • data art
  • generative art
  • Quantified self

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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