Self tracking and the ‘quantified man’

Cognitive work is assumed to happen in creative, project-based, self-managed organisational contexts which are more conducive of rhizomatic networks than hierarchical structures (see Karatzogianni and Robinson 2011) and in that light, the role of ‘the manager’ itself has been challenged, so self-management archiving machines seem to provide the answer to this ambivalence. Placing the self as manager, a range of devices have been introduced and represented in the Quantified Self movement. The fourth Quantified Self Europe Conference was held 11th and 12th May 2013 in Amsterdam and included expert talks entitled ‘Tracking my Happiness’, ‘Tracking Relationships’, ‘Stress Tracking’, ‘Habit Tracking’, ‘Meditation and Brain Function’, and even ‘Tracking Puns’. This recent movement is a symptom of hegemonic struggle around ownership of value of work and production as well as the radical potential for new types of solidarity unearthed in creative industries.