Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
LEONARDO SPECIAL ISSUE SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Papers and Data Materialities Art Gallery, August 2016, Vol. 49, No. 4
Social engagement in public space can be an awkward, challenging, and often difficult experience for people unfamiliar with each other or their surroundings. The need for an impartial mediator to connect people is something that artists have been tackling with their work for many years and is still being readdressed daily.
Read: The Kinetic Storyteller 2016: Tine Bech
The theme of the SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Gallery is “data materialities,” which centers on the premise that we are surrounded daily by networks, information, and data. Data sources range from public to private profiles, wired to wireless networks, and social and mediated realities.
Whether the signals consist of radio frequencies or physical, wired connections, networks are always around us, permeating and consuming our offices, homes, schools, and public indoor and outdoor spaces. The SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Gallery begins from this premise and goes further to expose the plethora of data we encounter daily by transforming it into tangible incarnations that not only showcase its complexity, but also allow us to relate to it on a human scale.
Read: Data Materialities Art Gallery: Introduction and Gallery