For three years from 1 January 2006 – 31 December 2008, Harrison recorded what she was thinking about every time she had a cup of tea (or a different type of hot drink). During this period, whilst archiving a total of 1,650 thoughts in the Tea Blog, Harrison began to learn the perils of instantaneous ego-broadcasting and so made the decision to ‘quit’ data collecting.
My Head’s Swimming
This random thought generator was Harrison’s first experiment in the collection of ‘subjective data’. For three months during the second term of her Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art course at Goldsmiths College she recorded all the thoughts she had whilst swimming lengths at her local pool. She found that swimming provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on all the things happening in her life at what was, during the build up to the US and UK attack on Iraq, a tense time to be in London.