Big Data to Big Art

Garden Street: Lower Level

While many still contend that Art and Science are opposed fields, they are not and they never have been.  From the earliest cave paintings, to Da Vinci, to Prussian Blue, to modern video games, art and science are intertwined in a synergistic relationship where each inspire the other and expand the reach of both.  We currently live in the Information Age, where terms like “Big Data” and the “Internet of Things” are ingrained into the public consciousness.  This massive compilation of data is useless without tools to aid the human being to comprehend what the numbers mean.  These tools are almost always visual in nature and creating them requires not only a knowledge of math and science, but also an understanding of how human beings interpret and interact with the world around them. We will explore a few large datasets and the tools developed to visualize them and see that the boundaries between art and science are very often blurred.