Summer Research Presentation

September 4, 2008

These are just a few notes from my presentation in class on Tuesday. Overall, it went pretty well. Now, I really have to face my biggest issue of my concept: what is my dataset?

click to download summer_research presentation

  • Face the biggest issue of my concept: what is my dataset? > start prototyping with Oil Issue topic for now
  • Use data visualization to tell a story
  • Possibly take the poetic artistic approach with this
  • Dadaism a possible avenue to take
  • Look up Bruce Mau (?)
  • Look up the massive change instillation
  • Look up Rem Koolhaas
  • Think of project execution: Alexis Lloyd had three versions the her thesis that was able to show through online and a gallery > read her thesis paper
  • Use an Input and Output system
  • Who is feeding the mass media?
  • Do more dirty prototypes
  • Think of a generative filtering > look at different dimensions of a data resource > what is the underlying structure of a dataset?
  • Compare three typologies of retrieving generative data
  • Find patterns then find relationships in the patterns
  • Break apart a data visualization
  • And one more thing to keep in mind from feedback of presentation: Execution should employ visual movement (as tested with prototype #4)

More detailed feedback from instructor:

  1. Please analyze and visualize through an information visualization exercise how the entire process works from data collection, processing, output and even the cracks in between that we don’t even see as the consumer.
  2. Also try to elaborate on the outline below for example – Use an Input and Output system. I realize this is an abbreviation as a mental note but this is an opportunity to begin to develop the terms and definitions of this field.
  3. Elaborate on generative concepts and definitions as well.
  4. I must give you the copy of the article on systems thinking I use in my class on Information Architecture. It reviews all the key concepts including entropy, homeostasis etc.
  5. Last idea I had was to have you consider visualizing Massive Change of the entire dependency on fossil fuel based technologies and the transition to a new green economy as a real and constructed data set. This would be in replace of visualizing the current crisis in real time. I think there was something beautiful in the softer imaginary space you presented. There could be a way to combine both real and imagined or projected data. Lot’s to discuss about this-I realize it is a bit abstract.

1. D A D A I S M : [ from Wikipedia ]

Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in neutral Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1920. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature (poetry, art manifestoes, art theory), theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti war politic through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals. Passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture filled their publications. The movement influenced later styles, Avant-garde and Downtown music movements, and groups including Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, Pop Art, Fluxus and Punk.

Dada is the groundwork to abstract art and sound poetry, a starting point for performance art, a prelude to postmodernism, an influence on pop art, a celebration of antiart to be later embraced for anarcho-political uses in the 1960s and the movement that lay the foundation for Surrealism. Marc Lowenthal, Translator’s introduction to Francis Picabia‘s I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, And Provocation (MIT Press 2007)

For example, George Grosz later recalled that his Dadaist art was intended as a protest “against this world of mutual destruction”.[2]

*** to be updated

2. M A S S I V E  C H A N G E : [ http://www.massivechange.com ]

In order to understand and harness these emerging forces, there is an urgent need to articulate precisely what we are doing to ourselves and to our world. This is the ambition of Massive Change.

Some words of wisdom from Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto: (completely applicable to thesis)

[ http://www.brucemaudesign.com/incomplete_manifesto.html ]

  1. Allow events to change you.You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.
  2. Forget about good.Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.
  3. Process is more important than outcome.When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.
  4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.
  5. Go deep.The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.
  6. Capture accidents.The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

*** More to come….

I’m not quite at the point where I’m thinking about the details of my execution, but this project is amazing for inspiration for my project, but even for projects my classmates are doing as well:



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