About the Project

Metric Life is a digital platform relating to the Marie Curie Fellowship project, The Over-examined Life: Ontologies of the Quantified Self, undertaken by Btihaj Ajana from Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies and King’s College London. The project addresses the growing trend of digital self-tracking and fitness monitoring, which has become prevalent in recent years.

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 health management, enabled by the rapid spread of tracking devices and apps in everyday life.

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 experience of using self-tracking devices, apps and online platforms.


About Dr Btihaj Ajana

Btihaj is an international scholar in the fields of digital culture and social analysis. Her academic research is interdisciplinary in nature and spans many areas of research including the critical study of new media technologies and identity systems, digital health and self-tracking technologies, museum developments and curatorial processes, immigration and citizenship governance, and the socio-political and ethical dynamics of surveillance culture. She is the author ofGoverning through Biometrics: The Biopolitics of Identity(Palgrave, 2013), a book that provides a critical analysis of the various socio-political and ethical implications of biometric identity systems.

She is Senior Lecturer in Culture, Digital Humanities and Creative Industries at King’s College London. She is also a Marie Curie Fellow and Associate Professor (2015-2017) at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies where she has been researching the phenomenon of the Quantified Self and health tracking culture.

You can find more details on Btihaj’s academic workhere.