Data points proliferate in the wake of our daily lives. Seemingly every aspect of human identity and behavior may be quantified, measured, and pressed into the service of politics or capital. Charts, diagrams, and maps help form our picture of the social body. Whether to communicate information or subvert its logic, artists, too, make use of the diagram. The exhibition A Measure of Humanity brings together works of art that probe the relationship between information and abstraction, visual form and meaning, the self and social. In various ways, they offer us models for thinking, and feeling, through pictures.
[Image credit: Simon Evans, Everything I Have, 2008. Pen, paper, scotch tape, correction fluid and inkjet prints of personal inventory. Courtesy of the artist]