Archive for July, 2011

Public 2.0 was yesterday

Posted in artwork, conferences, creative practice, design, links, research with tags on 22/07/2011 by sync24

Public 2.0 was yesterday and was really interesting. Overall, the content was more relevant to certain elements of my teaching than anything else i do, though David Gauntlett, who chaired the morning session was flyering for his new book: Making is Connecting
The content looks too relevant to miss, so i’ve bought it on amazon.

anyway, here’s my brief notes and decent links from the day:
Ian Forrester talked about working in the R&D dept at the BBC and how he shared most of his life via social networking… he talked about ‘self tracking’ and ‘the quantified self’. i don’t think i could open up that much, but it’s useful for work.
http://quantifiedself.com/

Simon Rogers from the Guardian gave a brilliant presentation about curating data and ‘data journalism’.
he pointed out that one of the first people to visualise complicated data was Florence Nightingale…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/aug/13/florence-nightingale-graphics
there’s more relevant-to-work stuff here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/data
Google Fusion tables appear to be the way forward for getting my students to do decent data viz stuff: http://www.google.com/fusiontables/public/tour/index.html
here’s a good example of things he showed: Afghanistan war: every death mapped
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/jun/23/afghanistan-deaths-mapped
he also reminded us that good design really matters, and that “The only questions left will be answered by computers, because only computers will know what to ask.” James Cameron 1969.

up next was Roland Harwood from http://www.100open.com/, among other things, he mentioned his old boss, Chris Powell, at NESTA pointed out that ‘Networking’ was only one letter away from ‘Not working’, only 1% of people who watch video on YouTube actually post videos on YouTube, and something like 9% do something with what they have watched… which i thought were interesting stats. he also quoted J. G. Ballard “The future reveals itself through the periferal.”
after lunch Drew Hemment from Future Everything spoke about what FE does. he wasn’t feeling too well, but still gave an interesting presentation. its good to see how far something which i remember going to in 2000 becuase Merzbow (i fell asleep during the gig) was playing at has gone. he’s written some interesting stuff which i have stashed away as pdfs somewhere… here’s a link to his texts on his website: http://www.drewhemment.com/texts/

Ruth Catlow from furtherfield talked about artists using social media and message lists. the idea of DIWO (do it with others), rather than DIY was interesting – here’s a link to a search: http://www.furtherfield.org/search/node/diwo. Its about ‘adapting the DIY ethos to work together with the relationships (between people, machines, their behaviours and stuff) made possible by networks.’

Rob Meyers then talked about Art Open Data, but i was feeling the effects of crap air-con by then, and was struggling to remain interested. here’s his website though, something to have a look through: http://robmyers.org/

The final section of the day began with Santiago Oritz showing projects he works on creating data viz stuff. he works with Simon Rogers on stuff for the Guardian, along with building ways for anyone to experiment with open data.
he showed http://www.impure.com/ which is an amazing way to get started with data viz and i will have to use that with my teaching.
here’s his other link: http://www.bestiario.org/ which has some pretty amazing stuff on it!

we were also shown the work for the data art exhibition which was taking place in the gallery next door. Harry Robbins and Gavin Baily (i think) talked through various projects here: http://www.data-art.net/. other things to look at which expanded from this were geocoding wikipedia articles with google maps, and newstraces here: jungle.bbc.westminister.ac.uk

Overall, the conference was really interesting, although not directly related to the content of this blog, it was good to see people from different areas brought together to talk about how they used data visualisation. anyway, i found out about a decent looking book and, looking at the links above, there’s some great stuff to take into my teaching next year.

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Public 2.0

Posted in conferences, creative practice, culture, research on 08/07/2011 by sync24

Registered for this the other day:
http://www.westminster.ac.uk/schools/media/cream/events/conferences/public-2.0
here’s the blurb:

Public 2.0: Culture, Creativity and Audience in an Era of Information Openness

Date: 21 July 2011 10.30am – 21 July 2011 8.00pm
Location: Regent Campus, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW

Public 2.0 ConferenceThe Topic

In recent years significant changes in the technological, social and media landscapes have redrawn relationships between cultural producers of all stripes and the people previously called readers, audiences and users. In parallel with this, unprecedented amounts of information have entered the public domain as a result of both top-down policy pressures and ‘bottom-up’ social activism. This process in turn has given birth to new cultural movements, opportunities for creativity, forms of information visualisation, and modes of content production.

This free one-day conference brings together journalists, academics, developers, artists, activists and business people to reflect upon these phenomena, show work, exchange experiences and signpost future trends.

The conference will be followed by an exhibition opening of work produced as part of Data Art, an AHRC funded research project exploring how broadcast and news data can be reformatted, explored and navigated using information visualisations. The project is the result of collaboration between: the Centre for Research in Education Art and Media (CREAM), the University of Westminster; BBC Learning and BBC Future Media and Technology.

Invited speakers include

Tom Corby, conference convener, artist, academic and writer working at the University of Westminster.

Simon Rogers, editor of the Guardian Datablog and Datastore.

Ian Forrester, Senior Producer at BBC R&D and emergent technology expert.

Roland Harwood, co-founder of 100%Open an innovation agency.

David Gauntlett, writes and teaches on how digital media gives people new opportunities to create and connect.

Rob Myers, artist, writer, hacker and Chief Technology Officer for Philter Phactory.

Drew Hemment, associate Director of ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University, and Director of the FutureEverything Festival. (TBC)

Julian Tate lead developer on the Manchester Open Data Cities project for FutureEverything.

Ruth Catlow, media artist and co-founder and co-director of Furtherfield.org media arts organization.

Santiago Ortiz, Co-founder and research director at Bestiario.

In addition a ‘show and tell’ session will feature art and design works by independent companies and developers including the Bestiario design company, Andy Littledale, Gavin Baily and Harry Robbins.