artistic information visualization: 5 cultural functions

Observing the landscape of information visualization projects, we can observe see a number of distinct cultural functions:

1. utilitarian

2. new visual/spatial/temporal sonic forms driven by data. New chapter in the history of abstraction.

3. a parallel with other modern art forms and traditions: info vis as a statement about its subject (in this case, a set of data) made via various visual resources: using color, texture, composition, choice of visualization metaphor, type, labels, etc.

4. Yet another new subject for contemporary art (following all new subjects already explored in 20th century) - appropriate for our “data society.”

5. Creation of a new autonomous artistic world where data acts as (one of) inputs.

Alex Dragulescu, spam architecture
spam architecture

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