Data is never self-contained; it comes into existence only when someone expends resources to gather and record it, and its meaning is inextricable from its context.
“Climate Change is an abstraction. We read about it, but it’s happening too slowly for us to perceive, and so it’s hard to accept it as something that’s real and urgent. This artwork is an attempt to give a ‘voice’ to a specific glacier in the hopes of making climate change something we can hear and see — something that feels real.” — Ben Rubin
It’s hard to visualise mental illness in the same way we might visualise physical disabilities, and this can make it difficult for people with no experience of mental health problems to empathise or imagine how they affect peoples’ lives.
“Waterways get polluted. But they can also be cleaned up. It’s a process that’s reversible… Data forces you to work with constraints, at the same time as it gives unexpected results and surprises,” Kildall says.
A neat little fact about the solar system demonstrated in animation. Did you know that the radius of the Earth in ratio to the radius of the Moon is 3:11? This remarkably means that If you create a square of a side length equivalent to Earth’s diameter, it will have the same perimeter length as a circle of diameter equivalent to the Earth and Moons’ diameters together.
Frick imagines a future in which your smart watch will know how your body is responding to someone. Then it will combine with Facebook data about their personality. And that will let you know whether that person makes you lethargic, raises your blood pressure or depresses you.
Let’s retrieve your listening history of the last 100 days. Nothing that the recent GDPR wouldn’t allow though! Just the precise date, genre of the songs listened to and how many times you’ve listened to the same song/artist.
Upcoming Events in New York City:
1. Making Art in the Age of Algorithms Symposium– Friday, December 7, 2018 | Register
2. Culture Shifts in Social Data – How Brands Learn and React to Global Shifts in Thinking – Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Register
3. NYC #OpenData 102 — Unlocking Open Data through data journeys – Thursday, January 17, 2018 | Register
Back in 2014, Karl Mamer decoded the data mysteries behind three well known urban legends on Data Skeptic.