When is the last time you saw a bar graph in a park? Read a scatter plot in a public square? Listened to a data sonification in a museum?
Renowned data artist Jer Thorp talks about his innovative and influential work with The Office For Creative Research designed to create real, functioning data publics. From data performances at the Museum of Modern art to data sculpture in the world’s busiest public place, these projects seek to change the way that the public interacts with and understands information.
This compelling presentation includes emerging work for an upcoming community-focused art project called “St. Louis Map Room” opening in an abandoned school in one of America’s most under-served communities. In March 2017 community groups, high school kids, and public workers will convene in a “Map Room” to author large-scale maps documenting their lived experience. At the end of the project, 50 maps will be accessioned by the city’s archive as official documents of this pivotal time in the city’s history.