About Data Through Design
As we rapidly evolve into a society of ‘digital natives’ who communicate, interact, and create in the realm of the ephemeral, the everyday realities of life in the city become less tangible and begin to loosen their hold in our psyche. The deluge and pervasiveness of data desensitizes us to the fact that, behind each data point is a story.
Data Through Design is an annual alternative cartography exhibition held during New York City’s Open Data Week, an endeavor of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics. The objective of the exhibit is to enable curious makers such as technologist, artists, and designers to create novel methods of map-making, present new narrative perspectives, and develop a deeper understanding of life in the city using data as a medium.
Each year, the exhibition takes on a new theme designed to challenge artists to consider ways in which they can surface the hidden stories that data can tell us, the absurdity underlying data, the connections that can be made through data, and the slippages that occurs when we use data as a heuristic for reality.
We commission 8 - 10 installations based on a theme and provide each group with financial, technical, and design support. We encourage a diversity of backgrounds and media, while encouraging physical manifestations of data rather than screen based, digital media. Previously featured artists were software engineers, graphic designers, architects, urban technologists, map- makers, and other backgrounds all working with the city’s open datasets.
The exhibition’s audience ranges from the civic technology community, to policy-makers, to the design community. Our hope is to enable a space for creative engagement with data and open new perspectives to our appreciation and understanding of data.
- Jessie, Wenfei, Joey, Michelle, Stephen, Elisabeth, Juan, and Stuart
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