Data Visualization and eco-media content.


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This paper presents an analysis of the material produced during the “Digital Narratives for community participation on coastal ecosystem management” workshops held in Garapuá, Brazil and Aguiño, Spain ( It is a reflection on the themes and contents identified and collected by the teenagers. Alongside our analysis tries to facilitate the exploration of the materials to users and to identify topics and problems relevant to the participants, their communities and territories.

Here, art and ecology get together to produce a visual and conceptual narrative of these peoples’ lives, culture, economy, religion, territories, landscape and so on. The workshops were facilitated by a group of artists and scientists that worked together to get a picture of these two places and see their connections, similarities and discrepancies.

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Data Visualization and eco-media content.

  1. 1. Digital NarrativesData Visualization and eco-media content.Media Art produced at Digital Narratives workshops Karla Brunet Juan Freire ISEA 2011/Istanbul
  2. 2. Digital Narratives Digital Narratives for community participation on coastal ecosystem management Workshops Garapuá, Brazil Aguiño, Spain (
  3. 3. Digital Narratives Garapuá, Bahia, Brazil (isolated community)
  4. 4. Digital Narratives Aguiño, Galicia Spain (mix of rural and urban)
  5. 5. Digital Narratives • Collaborative • Documentation of the process • low tech, free software, easy to use, DIY
  6. 6. Digital Narratives Narrative media: video, photo, audio, text, map (4 groups x 4 teenagers x 2 facilitators)
  7. 7. Digital Narratives Subject decision meeting
  8. 8. Digital Narratives Open projections on the streets
  9. 9. Digital Narratives Editing Software (during the workshops) • Kino & Cinelerra (video) • Gimp & F-Spot (photo) • Audicity (audio) • gvSIG develop EasySIG (simpler version of gvSIG) & Google Earth (map) • OpenOffice (text) Post production (later at UFBA) The above software plus Final Cut, Ligthroom and Impure
  10. 10. Digital Narratives • tagging and archiving: Vimeo, Flickr,, Google Maps
  11. 11. Digital Narratives Aesthetical analysis •How they perceived the place (before and after the workshop) Allen Carlson (2000) ) The aesthetics of natural environments landscape appreciation on environmental aesthetics and descriptions modes •formal and ordinary description •factual description •imaginative description Landscape – Memory, identity, contestation
  12. 12. Digital Narratives Aesthetical analysis • Garapuá: teenagers had no previous knowledge on using the cameras, mp3 recorders and GPS • Aguiño: teenager were already used to the technology. •there was a graphical aesthetics concern to the photos. • images produced in Brazil had a stronger narrative content and the ones done in Spain were more landscape contemplation better graphical pieces. •Garapuá, there was no experimentation with the audio, •Aguiño they experimented a lot with the audio, they created and discovered unnoticed sounds of the place. An interesting example is an orchestra that they created on a shipyard, just with the sounds of the machines.
  13. 13. Digital Narratives Ecological analysis Ecosystems are characterized by a series of “tangible objects” (physical and biological components) and intangible processes that connect the different objects (i.e., river runoff or coastal currents, coastal fertilization, trophic cascades…) (Mann & Lazier, 2005) and the human experience of objects and processes gives rise to the landscape (Turner et al., 2001).
  14. 14. Digital Narratives Garapuá: 1)turismo / lazer 2)infra-estrutura 3)atividades econômicas (especialmente pesca) 4)histórias de vida 5)Ecossistema 6)propriedade da terra
  15. 15. Digital Narratives Aguiño: 1)Paisagem 2)Pesca 3)histórias de vida 4)identidade cultural
  16. 16. Digital Narratives Ecological analysis • ecological literacies are basic • only the more symbolic and evident “objects” are recognized • a static view of the landscape. Developing a comprehensive ecological literacy arises as a key objective to empower the community and develop their ability to influence decision-making in environmental management (i.e., territory planning, pollution control, fishery management).
  17. 17. Digital Narratives Visualization and some conclusions • exhibition in the community • online posting • Datanet (Klanten, Bourquin et al., 2008), tag relationship with Impure software. This visualization gave us a better perspective of what was important to them, about their location, environment and identity. • longer workshop/more time for post-production, tagging, editing…
  18. 18. Digital Narratives Thank you twitter @ksbrunet