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Big Data & Computational Art

Enrico Zimuel
February 18, 2015

Big Data & Computational Art

This is an introduction talk about the usage of Big Data in computational art. I did this short talk during the DataBeers meeting in Turin (Italy), 17th Feb. 2015, http://databeerstorino.tumblr.com/

Enrico Zimuel

February 18, 2015

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  1. Big Data & Computational Art
    by Enrico “Catodo” Zimuel
    17th February - Turin (Italy)

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  2. About me

    Enrico Zimuel, aka Catodo

    Computational artist and software engineer from Turin

    BIG DIVER 2013

    International speaker about creative coding and web

    Co-author of “PHP Best Practices” and “Javascript Best
    Practices” books (in Italian) by FAG Edizioni Milano

    Published some music projects with Kutmusic Records

    For more information www.catodo.net

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  3. Is it possible to make
    art using Big Data?

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  4. Big Data Data visualization

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  5. Computational Art

    Computer Art / Digital Art / Electronic Art

    Creative coding

    Generative Art

    Software Art


    Computer music / Generative music

    Data Visualization / Information Visualization /
    Information Aesthetics

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  7. Some examples
    of computational art &
    Big Data

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  8. Listening Post, Mark Hansen + Ben Rubin, 2002-8

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  9. We Feel Fine, Jonathan Harris, 2006

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  10. datamatics, Ryoji Ikeda, 2006/8

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  11. Hope/Crisis, Jer Thorp, 2010

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  12. (x)tree, Agnes Chavez & Alessandro Saccoia’s, 2012

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  13. Golem (map), Jason Salavon, 2014

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  14. The Internet Map, Feb. 2015

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  15. One of mine art project:

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  16. TweetJukeBox, Catodo, 2012

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  17. How it works

    Send a tweet with a song title, an artist name, a
    piece of lyrics, whatever, with the hashtag

    The tweetjukebox will search the song on
    Youtube and play the audio in few seconds

    Try now!

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  18. Some references

    R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann, F. van Heerden, T. Tissot,
    Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design , Die Gestalten Verlag 2008

    R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, T. Tissot, N. Bourquin,
    Data Flow 2: Visualising Information in Graphic Design , Die Gestalten Verlag 2010

    David McCandless, Information is Beautiful, Collins 2012

    Oliver Franklin, Eye-to-eye with Jason Salavon’s algorithm-produced art , WIRED, 2014

    Nicola Triscott, Art in the age of “big data”, 2012

    Charlie Stephens, Media Artists Use Art to Expose Real Truths Behind Big Data , PSFK 2015

    Lev Manovich, Data Visualization and Computational Art History, Software Studies Initiative,
    Visual Art Department, UCSD, 2012

    Phil Johnson, The art of Big Data, IT World, 2012

    Narasu Rebbapragada, The art of numbers: Who knew Big Data could look so cool?,
    TechHive, 2013

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  19. Thanks!
    Creative Commons License
    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

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