Art Quote for the Day

ETHNOGRAPHY: n. the documentation and analysis of a particular culture through field research.

SELF-ETHNOGRAPHY: n. the documentation and analysis of the self as a foreign culture through field research.

“What we need to question is BRICKS, Concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils , our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. TO QUESTION THAT WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE CEASED FOREVER TO ASTONISH US.  We live true, we breathe true, we walk, we open doors, we go down staircases, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down on a bed in order to sleep. How? Why? Where? When? Why?”

Georges Perec

Use yourself as your subject for documentation. Document in detail all of your movements, activities, behaviors, and conversations throughout the course of a week. Include date, time, and place.


Collect or document as many patterns as you can find while on your travels . You may decide to use only patterns in nature, or human-made, or both . Pencil rubbing works well for this.

” No man who ever lived liked so many things and disliked so few as Walt Whitman.  All natural objects seemed to have a charm for him.  All sights and sounds seemed to please him.”  Dr. William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience.

entire excerpt from  HOW TO BE AN EXPLORER OF THE WORLD by Keri Smith