Metric Life is a digital platform relating to the ongoing project, “The Over-examined Life: Ontologies of the Quantified Self”, managed by Dr Btihaj Ajana. The project addresses the growing trend of digital self-tracking and fitness monitoring, which has become prevalent in recent years. It was initiated as part of a Marie Curie Fellowship undertaken by Dr Ajana at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies during 2015-2017.
Drawing on empirical research and theoretical analysis, the project aims to provide critical insights into the dynamics and implications of this rising culture of self-monitoring and digital health management which have been enabled by the rapid spread of tracking devices and apps in everyday culture.
Metric Life is also a curatorial space designed to engage users and audiences interested in the topic of the Quantified Self and its practices, and encourage them to submit multimedia material in the form of artworks or textual reflections on their own experiences of using self-tracking devices, apps and relevant online platforms.
Dr Ajana is an international scholar in the fields of digital culture and social analysis. Her academic research is interdisciplinary in nature and spans various areas of research including new media and identity systems, digital health and self-tracking technologies, museum developments and curatorial processes, immigration and citizenship governance, and surveillance studies.
She is Senior Lecturer in Culture, Digital Humanities and Creative Industries at King’s College London and a former Marie Curie Fellow and Associate Professor (2015-2017) at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.
Dr Ajana is the author ofGoverning through Biometrics: The Biopolitics of Identity (Palgrave, 2013) and editor of Self-Tracking: Empirical and Philosophical Investigations (Palgrave, 2018) and Metric Culture: Ontologies of Self-Tracking Practices (Emerald, 2018). She is also Associate Editor for the book series Quantified Societies and Selveswith Bristol University Press.
You can find more details on Dr Ajana's academic workhere.