World Processor – Ingo Günther / Infoviz project

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.

Life expectancy is a core factor in the human development index. With 82 years Japan has the highest life expectancy. All 35 countries at the bottom of this list are located in sub-Saharan Africa; their citizen's average life expectancy is between 52 and 39 years.


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)

we feel fine

A web application by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar.

I really liked the idea and the interface. It offers variations of visualizations and you can observe different trends easily.  If not, you can have a complex look too. It also writes down the feeling on a related random pic and investigate “what does sadness look like? Happiness? Loneliness?” – which is kind of cool to look.

I pasted the info from their page:

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.

have a look!

Art, Politics and Visualizations

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.

Exhibition at the University Art Museum of University at Albany
Exhibition at the University Art Museum of University at Albany

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