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Big Data between audiovisual displays, artifacts, and aesthetic experience

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This article discusses artistic practices and artifacts that are occupied with exploring data through visualization and sonification strategies as well as with translating data into materially solid formats and embodied processes. By means of these examples the overall aim of the article is to critically question how and whether such artistic practices can eventually lead to the experience and production of knowledge that could not otherwise be obtained via more traditional ways of data representation. The article, thus, addresses both the problems and possibilities entailed in extending the use of large data sets – or Big Data – into the sphere of art and the aesthetic. Central to the discussion here is the analysis of how different structuring principles of data and the discourses that surround these principles shape our perception of data. This discussion involves considerations on various notions of the ‘database’ and ‘narrative’, as well as ‘aesthetics’ and ‘aesthetic experience’, with the latter conceived as a theoretical field and methodological approach to understand the interplay between sensation, information, experience, and knowledge production.
TidsskriftMedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research
Sider (fra-til)50-72
Antal sider24
StatusUdgivet - 10 mar. 2016


  • big data, aesthetics, visualization, sonification, mapping

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