The 4th annual VizUM theme is Creative Visualization, featuring distinguished guest speakers Giorgia Lupi and Angus Forbes speaking on Data Humanism, and on Creative and Critical Data Visualization (respectively). Join us on Thursday, November 16 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Newman Alumni Center to be inspired.
Giorga Lupi is an award-winning information designer. She co-founded Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York, where she is the design director. She received her M-Arch at FAF in Ferrara, Italy, and earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Lilano. She relocated to New York City from Italy, where she now lives. She is co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational, hand-drawn, data-visualization book published by Princeton Architectural Press in the US, and by Penguin Random House in the UK. The original set of postcards has been recently acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. She recently gave a TED TALK on her Humanistic approach to Data.
Data Humanism How can data visualization design can make a difference and make data more meaningful for people’s lives? How can we make a real difference now that the ways we relate to information are evolving more rapidly than we realize? Now that we are past what we can call “peak infographics” and we are left with a general audience that understands much more of what we’re doing in our profession: an audience that is ready to welcome a second wave of more meaningful and thoughtful visualizations. Giorgia will discuss how to see this moment as an opportunity to jumpstart a new renaissance, where we can question the impersonality of a merely technical approach to data, where we are ready to reconnect numbers to what they really stand for: which are more and more our lives.
Computational Media Deparment | University of California, Santa Cruz
Angus Forbes is an Assistant Professor in the Computational Media Department at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs UCSC Creative Coding. His research investigates novel techniques for visualizing and interacting with complex scientific information; his interactive artwork has been featured at museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the world. For the last five years (2013-2017), Angus has chaired the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP), a forum that promotes dialogue about the relation of aesthetics and design to visualization research, and he is serving as the Arts Papers chair for ACM SIGGRAPH for 2018. Information about Angus’s recent projects is available at https://creativecoding.soe.ucsc.edu.
Creative and Critical Data Visualization In this talk, Angus will present a range of recent projects that introduce current trends in the field of information visualization, including interactive representations of biological pathways and protein interaction networks, dynamic network visualizations of the human brain connectome, and a public art installation that explores connections between photographic images and literary themes in the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. In addition to describing details about these individual projects, Angus will explore the potentials of integrating artistic and scientific methodologies, and he will discuss the use of computational media approaches to augment visual analyses of complex data, and to enhance user engagement in immersive environments.
LOCATION: UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146