Worldprocessor is an interesting project started on 1988 by the anthropologist and artist Ingo Günther. Ingo creates beautiful globes by representing on them different kinds of information in a visually appealing way. Exhibitions of the globes have been done all around the world. More information about the globes below and many others can be found in his catalogue or in his blog, where he posts photos of the globes regularly. The works are also published on an artistic book.
This is a projection based installation where a web site is visited and its visual appearance is translated in such a way to create a topographical landscape (or wave) based on the site’s content and color.
“The internet has covered all over the surface of earth by connecting net and net like its spelling.
This may be like ocean in physically.
Search engine might be beach, browser might be surf board and user might be swimmer who can’t swim without surf board.
The structure that can be seen when we drifting without interface is the figure of the internet, truly nonlinear, out of control by any user. Isn’t it ?”
(quote from website)
See a digital hologram of smart grid technology come to life in your hands. Please follow online instructions and get amazed…
A web application by
what does sadness look like? Happiness? Loneliness?” – which is kind of cool to look.
We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.
Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.
The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.
Can art visualization bring death?
The process of visualization is not limited and restricted to the simplistic idea that data have no consequence. Even less so that data manipulations are not art. The process of visualization is a knowledge based process that is contextualized in the reality of contemporary society, in the personal limitations, aspirations and emotions of both the author and the user. More importantly it is a symbolic representation of life and death that can go beyond the mere technological issues and reach philosophical, aesthetic and metaphysical questions. Therefore becoming art.
Who said that visualization is not art? Or that it does not have any relation to contemporary politics and social issues? And if it could be accepted as art, what then happens to the person who discovers the reality of human condition?
The case of Mark Lombardi is a story of visualization processes, visions, revelations and legal entanglements, as well of life and death, that reveals a small insight in the strange undercurrents of contemporary times. And that for me is art.
A MoMa interactive exhibition, the link for which was sent to me by Damla Tamer, an alumna of CS450 herself. Not only do the links lead to some really mind blowing projects but the website’s interface is rewarding in and of itself:
Thank you Damla!
another nice virtual gallery viewer from stamen design.
A visualization / web application by Chris Thiessen. It is a beautiful virtual book store based on amazon. Easy to navigate and locate. And it’s suprisingly fast considering the amount of materials. You actually can buy from this site, no need to go to amazon itself.
Also check out Chris Harrison’s Amazon book relationship map visualization.