Tag: Parameters

Lives driven by Data

Media theorist ‘Lev Manovich’ said:

“19th Century culture was defined by the novel,
20th Century culture by Cinema,
The culture of the 21st century will be defined by the interface.”


His media visualisation techniques compress massive amounts of data into ‘smaller observable media landscapes. Rather than searching through metadata, we’re then able to find relevant information in a way that’s more compatible with the way humans process information. This is particularly valuable in giving us the ability to observe where patterns of structure and colour may exist.

A lot of digital works for me in general are conceptually sound, but the arrived at outcome is not always aesthetically pleasing.

Artist Aaron Koblin expands on this, he takes vast amounts of data — and at times vast numbers of people — and weaves them into interesting visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, his works explore how modern technology can make us more human.


We can set parameters and choose what to pull out of the data glut. Below is a visualisation of data from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration processed to create animations of flight traffic patterns and density. The outcome is Colour coded by type: Altitude, make and model.


Note to Self:

  • I Will continue my reading/research into the representation of information gathered, and how best to present it once captured.


These are 2 artist I have recently come across, neither particularly working in the digital realm…but their use of colour, it’s loud and vivid and amazing. I have dropped the ‘o’ whilst spelling the word colour as they are both based in America!

Lisa Lou

First up is Lisa Lou, this piece ‘Color Field’ reminds me of a pixelated rug, it is made out of many individual wires. She explains how she narrows her options, she chooses a material, sets rules before finally arriving at…’here is the work that it takes to make the work’.




Jacob Hashimoto

He creates light three-dimensional structures such as wall hangings comprising thousands of miniature ‘kites’, and bamboo-stiffened rice paper hexagons suspended with nylon fishing line.