I’ve been completely inspired by a fascinating talk by artist, printmaker and charming Italian chap, Fabio Antinori.
He showed us how he uses big data, modern and traditional printing and programming techniques to create installations that people can interact with -creating conversations about how we are influenced by the march of technology.
Fabio introduces random elements to huge data sets to affect how they are delivered.
His work is precise in its execution and extremely controlled – creating crisp, beautiful pieces – one woman in the audience described it as creating or perhaps communicating beautiful anger.
I loved his pieces – both the large collaborative installations and the smaller, more simply created, printed pieces.
I pottered off with my head full of big data and the art of communicating complex and massive data sets in a visual way.
My partner is an über geek so I am often helplessly in the middle of discussions about tech and art and programming and whatnot. We love the ‘play the city’ installations and he is delighted by functional representation of information that is used to create art either deliberately or accidentally.
So I had a little google around and found some basic examples of the ways data can be visualised to communicate complex data simply. Then mucked about with some images to create this simple repeat.
I feel like I may have found a direction for more exploration.
Perhaps the creation of fabric to create garments that carry big data messages about what it is to be female.
My lovely bloke’s advice… figure out what questions you want to ask, or what you want to say… then find the data sets to work with. Then of course take a leaf out of Fabio’s playbook and introduce a random factor.
Then there’s the issue of what has gone before and whether something beautiful emerges…
Off to ponder!