Visualization, Big Data and Cultural Patterns

Lev Manovich

Monday, March 28
3:30 - 5 p.m.
Coykendall Science Building Auditorium 

Renowned artist and scholar Lev Manovich will provide an overview of cultural approaches to big data, exemplified by his own cutting-edge work with the Software Studies Lab, including the exploration of patterns in massive amounts of visual, user-generated content such as the billions of images and video on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and how "big data" can be used to question our assumptions about cultures and societies. Co-sponsored with the School of Business.

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Storytelling with Data

DASH Lab Panel

Tuesday, March 29
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
College Hall 113


Josh Korenblat (Graphic Design)
Chantal Larose (Statistics)
Akira Shimada (History, Asian Studies)
Melissa Rock  (Geography, Asian Studies)
Annie Swafford (English)

How do you tell a story with data? Visualizations can help make sense of otherwise impenetrable results.  This panel will showcase data visualization projects from across campus, including graphs of baseball statistics, analyses of HIV tests, digital archives, video essays, and narrative maps. This panel is part of a series of events and workshops sponsored by the Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (DASH) Lab.


Accessible Depth


James Grady & Brian James from Fathom Information Design

Wednesday, March 30
1 – 2 p.m.
Coykendall Science Building Auditorium

Fathom Information Design (fathom.info) helps clients understand and express complex data in a variety of contexts through information graphics, interactive tools, and software. James and Brian will discuss Fathom's approach to design and technology as they share several of their projects.

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Growing Objects

Nervous System

Thursday, March 31
7 – 8:00 p.m.
Lecture Center 100

The design team of Jessica Rosenkranz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, more commonly known as Nervous System, will share insights into their process and the research that informs their work. They are "…digital gardeners, creating forms modelled from nature’s growth patterns,” and applying those patterns to wearable and non-wearable products, which are a unique fusion of design, engineering, and technology. Co-sponsored with the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center.

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