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Visualizar by MedialabMadri+d – 12th November 2007 to 6th January 2008

Posted on August 28, 2007

I’ve found an interesting project developed by those at Medialabmadrid, on the social, artistic and cultural applications of data visualization through a broad program of activities including reflection, research and the production of knowledge. The aim is to bring these interpretive keys to new fields of work where their potential uses are many (from investigative journalism to social or environmental activism) and to take an in-depth look at present day artistic production, which has taken on the role of creating this new kind of images suitable for a culture of complexity.

Sounds interesting. They have an open call for offering a presentation for the symposium and presenting a proposal to be carried out at the production workshop. Deadline October 5th, 2007.

What kind of images are appropriate for the needs of a global informational networked society – the society which in all of its areas needs to represent more data, more layers, more connections than the preceding its industrial society? The complex systems which have become super-complex; the easy availability of real-time information coming from news feeds, networks of sensors, surveillance cameras; – all this puts a new pressure on the kinds of images human culture already developed and ultimately calls for the development of new kinds.
Lev Manovich

According to the well-known blogger Jason Kottke, worldwide newspapers publish over 6,000 terabytes of data every day. Technorati, the weblog search engine, keeps up to date with 54 million blog users. Flickr, the famous photo sharing website, has amassed a file of two billion labelled and classified photos in only two years. 70,000 videos are uploaded to YouTube every day. Google now has access to almost nine billion documents and websites. Wikipedia’s volunteer encyclopaedia authors have written one million, four hundred thousand articles, fifteen times more than fit in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. We are flooded with information. And there is no end in sight… read more and contribute here

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