As data acquisition and storage technologies continue to develop, we have reached the point where it is impossible for humans to make sense out of the vast amounts of data surrounding us without the aid of computational techniques. Currently, data visualizations and data analysis are informing decision making that, just a few decades ago, was left to human perceptive faculties and human judgment. In light of this posthuman situation we find ourselves in, we increasingly feel a sense of disconnection from the vast cloud of data that informs many of the policy decisions that directly effect our lives. As the renaissance painter was once attributed mystical powers of representation, so now many computer programmers command mystifying powers of representation, often with the additional authority of scientific objectivity. Although we live in a world infused with technology, very few people understand its underlying mechanisms. My new body of work seeks to de-mystify some of these processes in a playful and hopeful context, and create a space for the viewer to contemplate these important issues.
Discovery Building, Orchard View Room