Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Is Data Visualization the Future of Art?


“Why are we picking at these carcasses of creativity?” Holly Finn asks in a recent Wall Street Journal article, pointing her critical finger at the particular corpse of Damien Hirst’s creative corpus currently on show at the Tate Modern. “We should instead be celebrating the really new and relevant: the rise of the data visualizers. Their medium is the one with momentum, the one genuinely changing how we think and feel. And it's about to boom.” More than just more Hirst bashing, Finn’s article, titled “Making Data Beautiful,” raises the question of whether old fashioned art is dead and today’s art should be as digital and information driven as our world. If hands-on art (including even Hirst’s hands-free version) is a thing of the past, is data visualization the future of art? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Is Data Visualization the Future of Art?"

[Image: Still from Aaron Koblin’s data visualization work on Radiohead’s music video for “House of Cards” on the 2008 In Rainbows album.]

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