Traditionally the tool of the statistician and engineer, information visualization has increasingly become a powerful new tool for artists and designers as well, allowing us to explore and present rich information spaces in order to reveal thought-provoking but otherwise hidden narratives.
In this one-week workshop, we will examine traditional and computational techniques for displaying temporal, spatial, hierarchical, and textual data. We will give particular consideration to critical and conceptual applications of visualization — with a special emphasis on the origin of data.
Working in teams, students will develop a project concerned with the comprehensive process of visualizing real-world information. Students will identify some information of interest and develop software and other procedures to acquire, parse, filter, mine, represent, refine, and interact with their data — while keeping in mind essential questions about what information is worth visualizing, what makes it worth visualizing, and how one’s visualization functions to produce new knowledge and/or influence culture.