Microsoft design expo - The Fine Art of Data Gardening - february2013

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A lecture held in the wake of the Microsoft Design Expo 2013 on (Big) Data Gardening, its history, and its far-reaching implications.

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Microsoft design expo - The Fine Art of Data Gardening - february2013

  1. 1. The Fine Art ofData Gardening microsoft design expo mini symposium tu/e eindhoven, february 18, 2013
  2. 2. A society grows great when oldmen plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. greek proverb
  3. 3. data gardener avant la lettre (1) 1 , 9 3 9 , 9 6 6Carolus Linnaeus, 1732 (number of identified species as of 2010)
  4. 4. The global data supply reached 2.8zettabytes, or 2.8 trillion GB in 2012.Just 0.5% of this is used for analysis. Digital Universe Study, 2012
  5. 5. “If you asked me to describe the risingphilosophy of the day, I’d say it is data-ism.” We now have the ability to gather huge amounts of data. This ability seems to carry with it certain cultural assumptions: that everything that can be measured should be measured; that data is a transparent and reliable lens that allows us to filter out emotionalism and ideology; that data will help us do remarkable things. David Brooks / The Philosophy of Data
  6. 6. data gardeneravant la lettre (2)
  7. 7. A rm a nd S c h u l t h es s ( 19 0 1 - 1 9 7 2 )Armand Schulthess
  8. 8. Armand Schulthess
  9. 9. Armand Schulthess
  10. 10. Armand Schulthess
  11. 11. Armand Schulthess(legend written byIngeborg Lüscher)
  12. 12. Armand Schulthess
  13. 13. Armand Schulthess
  14. 14. Armand Schulthess
  15. 15. Armand Schulthess
  16. 16. InfoArcadia, Stroom Den Haag, 2000
  17. 17. data gardener avant la lettre (3)Thomas Malthus shades of the malthusian catastrophe
  18. 18. n o un sBrandon Martin-Anderson et al, (MIT) - Interactive Census Dotmap with 454,064,098 dots - one for each person in North America, using 2010 census data
  19. 19. n oun s w it h b e h av i o rBrandon Martin-Anderson et al, (MIT) - Interactive Census Dotmap with 454,064,098 dots - one for each person in North America, using 2010 census data
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  21. 21. ronald van tienhoven - commemorative euro coin ‘400 years Netherlands-Manhattan’ (2009) - verso
  22. 22. ronald van tienhoven - commemorative euro coin ‘400 years Netherlands-Manhattan’ (2009) - recto
  23. 23. ev oc a ti v e n o u n sEdward Rolf Tuftefrom: Envisioning Information
  24. 24. da t a - i n k r at i o (coined by Edward Rolf Tufte)
  25. 25. d a ta -pi xe l r ati o
  26. 26. Sergey Semonov - multi-stichted ultra-high resolution aerial panorama of Central Park and environs
  27. 27. "The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with patterns, is that there is not one organizational procedure more advantageous than another, perhaps because no one pattern evertakes precedence over the others. The compositional concentration is solely on which pattern should be reiterated and for how long." Morton Feldman / Why Patterns?
  28. 28. 1923 20084535 Time magazine covers, 1923-2008 - Lev Manovich and Jeremy Douglass / Software Studies Initiative (softwarestudies.com) / 2009-2010
  29. 29. w h at > if( m eans of ide n t i f i c a t i o n )
  30. 30. i f > t he n(m eans of em po w e r m e n t )
  31. 31. fi n© r o n al d v a n t i e n h o v e n 2 0 1 3

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