nanobot murals + your data = immune boost –
We’re halfway thru the decade when humans shift from mysterious beings - to big data algorithms, where everything about us will be known. Creepy? Do you toss this on the pile of horrible future problems or is there an entirely different story for how our personal data comes back to us as immune boosting wall texture? See how patterns of behavior will become patterned artworks and the mass of data will predict our lives. An artist gives us an unexpected personal narrative for how we will consume data in the future.
Patterns and Shadows of Life: The View From the White Room – The “obsessive collection“ of data manifests itself in unusual ways, from the micro to the macro: mattresses that collect data on our body temperature and sleep movements; mobile flashlight apps that collect our location data; algorithms that predict the next generation of criminals and monitor the telephone communications of entire countries. During this talk Marek Tuszynski showcases a range of reflections on our quantified society and the processes of self-quantification through Tactical Tech's recent project, the White Room. This live installation combines selected artworks, digital products, investigations, and activist projects with discussions, consultations, and demos exploring the devices we use every day, and how we can regain some control over our data.
Coping with Art –
We all know that logical design thinking can help us solve the most complex issues in the world. But we forget that these techniques are most useful when applied to ourselves. In 2015, at age 25, Natalie was diagnosed with cancer. No logic, no reasoning could explain how this could have happened. But when the logical side of her decided to take this pain and break it down into an art project, it helped her cope with months of hell by turning her pain into something beautiful.
How not to visualize like a racist (or sexist, or colonialist, should I go on.....) –
Heather Krause builds data design in rural Bangladesh, South Sudan, Canadian Northern Territories, Papua New Guinea and more. With many colleagues who don’t speak English, who count in ways that are different than hers, who believe time is non-linear, who have social concepts of success, race, gender and sexuality that are unique to their culture. She has learned the hard way that much our data design and visualization are deeply imbued with stereotypes, cultural assumptions and a dedication to the status quo. We can all agree that visualizing data is powerful. Most of us likely agree that it is our job to facilitate not manipulate understanding. But finding ways to articulate and visualize the hidden assumptions present in all data is incredibly challenging. All too often we are (accidentally?) using the power of data to confirm our biases and stereotypes. People will believe false ‘knowledge’ and spurious relationships when they are beautifully displayed with, at best, a small written caveat that “correlation is not causation”. There is no amount of design principles that will correct for this. Join her for a journey through some stunning examples of cultural bias in viz and a discussion of what we might do to actually let data speak rather than telling it what to say.