First, I too want to thank Emma, Zita and Trudy for the nice
introduction. Bruce and I are very excited in meeting everyone and
looking forward to SCANZ in July. I have been lurking in the list
for a couple of weeks and have been enjoying the exchanges. Hopefully
we can contribute as well.
C5 and Andrea Polli share an interest in the interface
physical environment and digital representation. It seems that in some
respects their practices approach similar territory from different
perspectives: C5 moving from physical experience to data
and Andrea Polli from numerical data to the simulation of a physical
experience. It is probably a huge oversimplification to say they are
approaching a similar process from different directions, but it is
temptingly symmetrical! Maybe Bruce Gardner & Steve Durie who are
us here from C5, and Andrea Polli have any thoughts on this
of their perspectives?
Regarding the question about physical experience and data visualization:
While its true that in the latest project we have made several
visualizations of data gathered from our GPS recorded treks. The
thrust of the projects is more active in the discovery of knowledge
in the data not just through visualizations but in techniques of data
mining and pattern inferencing.
As some background, C5 has always had a thread through a lot of the
work about the nature of data being its own thing. Not perhaps just
an index between the recorded experience and the choice of how to map
it into representation. For one reason they also may be data sets
that a have no physical analogy. For instance, the IP database is
from the data collection of the all the IP addresses and the
corresponding server statuses on the internet. So most of our
projects, including the C5 Landscape Initiative tend to take data
from multiple sets and merge them or collide them with other sets. I
think Bruce elaborates on the Other Path as an example of this.
Regarding visualization specifically, I can say that although we go
through different mechanization's with the data in the end we
obviously have to make some representation of the data which ends up
often being the projects artifact and point of reference.
Like Andrea Polli and C5’s work, there is a democratisation of data
making material that is usually only available to radio astronomers,
climate scientists, and whoever uses NASA geographical satellite
available in a different form to a potentially greater audience.
artists and other ADA-ers could talk to this aspect, and the potential
impact it may be seen to have on the scientific and lay communities?
How does this in itself add to scientific understandings of these
processes? What kinds of extra readings can be gained from these
processes? Or is a response of intrigue and emotional engagement in
a valuable outcome?
I think the only thing I can add to this subject is that the
democratization of data along the boundary of the sicence and lay
communities are making really interesting collaborations.
Besides the opportunities where artists are sifting through data that
in the past has been the purview of the science community it is
working in both directions.
I think of all the Boinc Network computation projects like seti@home
, which speak to this accessibility and
mobility of data and computation between the science and lay
communities. Its science by opensource participation. sort of.
Regarding GPS as an example. We can imagine that some of the data
which will be created by public leisure will become more useful for
science as well. When GPS cellphones takeoff and leverage a GPSmap
google database, we can only guess at the volume of personal
naviagational and tracking data that could be of enormous use to
various scientific and engineering disciplines.
Not to ignore the surveillance/control aspect of all of this, the
continued democratization of IT, may equalize the usefulness between
the data of the lay community and the data of scientific methodology.
Not much to say at the moment about what we will be doing
specifically at SCANZ yet.
Other than to say will be doing some mountain-climbing and continued
work on Landscape Initiative.
Thats all for now.