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Art as Information
Information as Art
Loren Madsen 2/10
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne
1806
Art has always carried information...
... as propagan...
John Singleton Copley
Watson and the Shark
1777
Copley’s historical painting
tells of BrookWatson who
survived the attack ...
Jean Francois Millet
Potato Planters
1861
... as political commentary
Pierre August Renoir
Le Moulin de la Galette
1876 ... an ordinary scene (extraordinarily painted)
Andy Warhol
Soupcans, 1964
Jasper Johns
Three Flags, 1958
... and everyday things
While art was leaving behind the grand and the elite in
its approach to the ordinary and the everyday, the
everyday was ta...
John Snow
Cholera in London
1854
Charles Joseph Minard
Napoleon’s March on Moscow (1812-13)
1869
(In Spoerriʼs residence) was a table. Spoerri drew on a ʻmap” the overlapping outlines of all
the 80 objects that were lyi...
Hans Haacke
MoMA Poll, 1970
Hans Haacke
News, 1969
Hans Haacke
Shapolsky, et.Al., 1971
Hanne Darboven
Konstruktionen, 1969
Hanne Darboven
Kulturgeshichte, 1980-83
Roman Opalka
Painting, nd
Steve Chappelle, Reebee Garfalo
Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Pay:The History and Politics of the Music Industry, 1977
Artists ...
Nancy Burson
Guys Who Look Like Jesus
Individual photo portraits
combined to make a single image
Nancy Burson
Warhead I, 1982
Nancy Burson
Mankind, 1983-85
Chris Burden
All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987
Cardboard models
Vitaly Komar & Alex Melamid
Most Wanted Painting, 1993-
Vitaly Komar & Alex Melamid
Least Wanted Painting, 1993-
Truth is
...
Komar & Melamid
Most Wanted Painting, 1993-
Some survey results Dia Center, www.diacenter.org, The Most Wanted Paintings o...
The twelve-color
woodblock prints were
created by entering
images, after Duchamp,
Monet, Kirchner, and
Mondrian into a com...
Donald Suggs
paintings, 2007
Loren Madsen, 1996 web.me.com/lorenmadsen/hist.ab..html
Loren Madsen, 1999
Loren Madsen, 2001
Loren Madsen
Length of Day, 2009
Loren Madsen
Weekly Likelihood of Rain, 2008
Komar & Melamid
Carol Diehl
April, 1997
Carol Diehl
May, 1997
Carol Diehl
June, 1997
Marl Lombardi
Meyer Lansky’s Financial Network ca. 1960-78, 1996
Mark Lombardi
World Finance Corp and Associates ca. 1970-84
Miami,Ajman, and Bogota-Caracas (Brigade 2506: Cuban Anti-Cast...
Mark Lombardi
Project file cards
Erica Baum
Frick, 1998
‘Frick’ and other projects
are available online at
privatecirculation.com/?p=421
in .pdf form. For ...
Mark Bennett
Home of Jed Clampet, 1995
Mark Bennett
Home of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, 1997
Benjamin Edwards
Starbucks Locations in Seattle, 1997
The map specifies the locations.The
painting is a combination of all ...
Benjamin Edwards
Wal-Mart Map, (date?)
Miranda Maher
After Reasonable Research... 1998 (ongoing)
All the wars from 1CE to the present, each war taking a line.The...
“Everyone Ever in the World”
is a visual representation of
the number of people to have
lived versus been killed in
wars, ...
Miranda Maher
Rivers of My Childhood:
All Straightened Out 1996
Mekong, Nile, Danube
Each drawing 35 ft. long
Adrien Segal
Tide Table, 2007
Michael Najjar
hangseng_80-09, 2008-2009
hybrid photography, lightjet-print
52 x 79.5"
Michael Najjar
dow-jones_80-09, 2008-2009
hybrid photography, lightjet-print
52 x 79.5"
Loren Madsen
Renaissance Landscape...
Monica Goetz
Coordinates, 2009
The Gallup Organization did a poll:Who is the happiest
person in America?
Gallup’s answer: he’s a tall,Asian-American, obs...
Corinne Vionnet, Photo Opportunities
(2005-2010)
Series of photographic works entitled "Photo
Opportunities", from hundred...
self-portraits?
hell yes!
Robert Rauschenberg
Portrait of Iris Clert, 1961
telegram
This was created for a 1961
exhibition of portraits of the Paris...
Ashley Bickerton
Self-portrait, 1987(?)
Danica Phelps, March 7 - 13, 2004
mixed media on paper on board
15" x 30"
www.zachfeuer.com
Danica Phelps, May 22 - 28, 20...
Cory Imig
Psychogeographical Mapping, ?
Legos, drawn chart
I kept track of all of my destinations in the
downtown area of ...
Cory Imig
June 27, 1986, ?
drawn & painted chart
TheTelevision Guide from the day that I was born. Each foot
represents an...
Cory Imig
Path Tracking 11.01.07-11.01.08
All of my receipts from the past year sorted into various
categories and sewn to...
Tracey Emin
Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-95
Fabric sewn to camping tent interior
R Justin Stewart
2am-2pm, 2008
copper, wood, thread, steel
a 3 dimensional diagram of the
Twin Cities MetroTransit System
...
R Justin Stewart
self-portrait (Oct 7th-Nov 6th), 2008
inkjet on paper, 31 drawings
A series of 31 drawings depicting my
m...
Loren Madsen
Data portrait of Libbe, 1998
inkjet on paper,
Photos, events, births, on March 21,
throughout history, for my...
Lani Kuniyuki
Coded Diary, 2009
Color and printing on paper
Each day Ms Kuniyuki made diary entries in Japanese.The charac...
Julia Lines Wilson
Infographic time tapestries
Each color represents a different activity.The
yellow-gold represents eatin...
Loren Madsen
Self-portrait After Francesco Albani’s St. Sebastian, 1998-
inkjet on paper
Personal loss and trauma, transmu...
Katrina Cristobal
21, 2009
ink on paper
Micah Lexier
Self-portrait as a wall divided proportionally between this black type representing life lived and the remain...
Personas Profile, MIT
http://personas.media.mit.edu/
A data mining function which returns a statistical profile of what the ...
India Amos
Self-portrait in Data: Beverages, 2009
photo on Flickr
Books:
Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information, Graphics Press, 1990
Edward Tufte,TheVisual Display of Quantitative Informat...
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  1. 1. Art as Information Information as Art Loren Madsen 2/10
  2. 2. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Napoleon I on His Imperial Throne 1806 Art has always carried information... ... as propaganda
  3. 3. John Singleton Copley Watson and the Shark 1777 Copley’s historical painting tells of BrookWatson who survived the attack and later become Lord Mayor of London ... as reportage and history
  4. 4. Jean Francois Millet Potato Planters 1861 ... as political commentary
  5. 5. Pierre August Renoir Le Moulin de la Galette 1876 ... an ordinary scene (extraordinarily painted)
  6. 6. Andy Warhol Soupcans, 1964 Jasper Johns Three Flags, 1958 ... and everyday things
  7. 7. While art was leaving behind the grand and the elite in its approach to the ordinary and the everyday, the everyday was taking on artistic dimensions of composition, line, color and narrative. Science, to clarify and communicate, discovered the pictorial.
  8. 8. John Snow Cholera in London 1854
  9. 9. Charles Joseph Minard Napoleon’s March on Moscow (1812-13) 1869
  10. 10. (In Spoerriʼs residence) was a table. Spoerri drew on a ʻmap” the overlapping outlines of all the 80 objects that were lying on the table on October 17, 1961 at exactly 3:47 p.m. Each object was assigned a number and Spoerri wrote a description of each and the memories or associations it evoked. The descriptions cross referenced other objects on the table which were related. The Topographie Anécdotée du Hasard was printed as a small pamphlet of 53 pages plus a fold out map and index and was distributed as an advertisement for the exhibit. The Topographie Anécdotée du Hasard is more than just a catalog of random objects, however; read in its entirety, it provides a coherent and compelling picture of Spoerri's travels, friends and artistic endeavors. Daniel Spoerri Anecdoted Topography of Chance, 1962 map, book, index
  11. 11. Hans Haacke MoMA Poll, 1970 Hans Haacke News, 1969
  12. 12. Hans Haacke Shapolsky, et.Al., 1971
  13. 13. Hanne Darboven Konstruktionen, 1969
  14. 14. Hanne Darboven Kulturgeshichte, 1980-83
  15. 15. Roman Opalka Painting, nd
  16. 16. Steve Chappelle, Reebee Garfalo Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Pay:The History and Politics of the Music Industry, 1977 Artists missing:TheWeavers, Pete Seeger, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed,Velvet Underground see also The History of Metal (www.thehistoryofmetal.com/) Timelines, graphs, maps of heavy metal music
  17. 17. Nancy Burson Guys Who Look Like Jesus Individual photo portraits combined to make a single image
  18. 18. Nancy Burson Warhead I, 1982
  19. 19. Nancy Burson Mankind, 1983-85
  20. 20. Chris Burden All the Submarines of the United States of America, 1987 Cardboard models
  21. 21. Vitaly Komar & Alex Melamid Most Wanted Painting, 1993- Vitaly Komar & Alex Melamid Least Wanted Painting, 1993- Truth is a number Alex Melamid
  22. 22. Komar & Melamid Most Wanted Painting, 1993- Some survey results Dia Center, www.diacenter.org, The Most Wanted Paintings on the web
  23. 23. The twelve-color woodblock prints were created by entering images, after Duchamp, Monet, Kirchner, and Mondrian into a computer scanner that quantizes and transforms these images into the minimum number of pixels, thus determining each of the colors in the four prints. Sherrie Levine woodblock prints from the portfolio Meltdown 1989
  24. 24. Donald Suggs paintings, 2007
  25. 25. Loren Madsen, 1996 web.me.com/lorenmadsen/hist.ab..html
  26. 26. Loren Madsen, 1999
  27. 27. Loren Madsen, 2001
  28. 28. Loren Madsen Length of Day, 2009 Loren Madsen Weekly Likelihood of Rain, 2008
  29. 29. Komar & Melamid Carol Diehl April, 1997
  30. 30. Carol Diehl May, 1997 Carol Diehl June, 1997
  31. 31. Marl Lombardi Meyer Lansky’s Financial Network ca. 1960-78, 1996
  32. 32. Mark Lombardi World Finance Corp and Associates ca. 1970-84 Miami,Ajman, and Bogota-Caracas (Brigade 2506: Cuban Anti-Castro Bay of PigsVeteran (7th version), 1999 Mark Lombardi World Finance Corp and Associates ca. 1970-79 Miami, Florida (6th version), 1999
  33. 33. Mark Lombardi Project file cards
  34. 34. Erica Baum Frick, 1998 ‘Frick’ and other projects are available online at privatecirculation.com/?p=421 in .pdf form. For free !
  35. 35. Mark Bennett Home of Jed Clampet, 1995
  36. 36. Mark Bennett Home of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, 1997
  37. 37. Benjamin Edwards Starbucks Locations in Seattle, 1997 The map specifies the locations.The painting is a combination of all the Starbucks facades
  38. 38. Benjamin Edwards Wal-Mart Map, (date?)
  39. 39. Miranda Maher After Reasonable Research... 1998 (ongoing) All the wars from 1CE to the present, each war taking a line.The fanfold book is 30+ feet long and has one blank line.
  40. 40. “Everyone Ever in the World” is a visual representation of the number of people to have lived versus been killed in wars, massacres and genocide during the recorded history of humankind.The visualisation uses existing paper area and paper loss (die cut circle) to represent the concepts of life and death respectively.The total number of people to have lived was estimated through exponential regression calculations based on historical census data and known biological birth rates. This results in approximately 77.6 billion human beings to have ever lived during the recorded history of humankind and is represented in the poster as total paper area (650mm X 920mm).The total people killed in conflicts was collated from a number of historical source books and was summed for all conflicts – approximately 969 million people killed, or ~1.25% of all the people to have ever lived (die cut area = 650mm X 920mm X 0.0125).The timescale encompasses 3200 BCE to 2009 CE – a period of over 5 millennia, and 1100+ conflicts of recorded human history.
  41. 41. Miranda Maher Rivers of My Childhood: All Straightened Out 1996 Mekong, Nile, Danube Each drawing 35 ft. long
  42. 42. Adrien Segal Tide Table, 2007
  43. 43. Michael Najjar hangseng_80-09, 2008-2009 hybrid photography, lightjet-print 52 x 79.5"
  44. 44. Michael Najjar dow-jones_80-09, 2008-2009 hybrid photography, lightjet-print 52 x 79.5" Loren Madsen Renaissance Landscape, 1997 German DAX, Japanese Nikkei, NASDQ and Dow from 1920-1980
  45. 45. Monica Goetz Coordinates, 2009
  46. 46. The Gallup Organization did a poll:Who is the happiest person in America? Gallup’s answer: he’s a tall,Asian-American, observant Jew who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and has a household income of more than $120,000 a year.A few phone calls later and ... Meet Alvin Wong. He is a 5-foot-10, 69-year-old, Chinese- American, Kosher-observing Jew, who’s married with children and lives in Honolulu. He runs his own health care management business and earns more than $120,000 a year. Alvin and Trudy-Schandler Wong
  47. 47. Corinne Vionnet, Photo Opportunities (2005-2010) Series of photographic works entitled "Photo Opportunities", from hundreds of snapshots of tourist locations found on the Internet. By collecting and then bringing together successive layers of around a hundred similar "photo souvenirs", these images conjure up questions about representation and memory of places.
  48. 48. self-portraits? hell yes!
  49. 49. Robert Rauschenberg Portrait of Iris Clert, 1961 telegram This was created for a 1961 exhibition of portraits of the Paris dealer Iris Clert.
  50. 50. Ashley Bickerton Self-portrait, 1987(?)
  51. 51. Danica Phelps, March 7 - 13, 2004 mixed media on paper on board 15" x 30" www.zachfeuer.com Danica Phelps, May 22 - 28, 2005 mixed media on paper 30" x 22" www.zachfeuer.com
  52. 52. Cory Imig Psychogeographical Mapping, ? Legos, drawn chart I kept track of all of my destinations in the downtown area of Savannah, Georgia over the course of a month (1/24/08 - 2/24/08). Each day of the week was assigned a color.A skyline developed consisting of the places I frequented in the city.
  53. 53. Cory Imig June 27, 1986, ? drawn & painted chart TheTelevision Guide from the day that I was born. Each foot represents an hour. All of the shows were categorized (news, comedy, drama, talk show, children, religion, sports, movies, and educational), each category was assigned a color.
  54. 54. Cory Imig Path Tracking 11.01.07-11.01.08 All of my receipts from the past year sorted into various categories and sewn together
  55. 55. Tracey Emin Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-95 Fabric sewn to camping tent interior
  56. 56. R Justin Stewart 2am-2pm, 2008 copper, wood, thread, steel a 3 dimensional diagram of the Twin Cities MetroTransit System from 2am to 2 pm Sunday morning
  57. 57. R Justin Stewart self-portrait (Oct 7th-Nov 6th), 2008 inkjet on paper, 31 drawings A series of 31 drawings depicting my movements on theTwin Cities Metro Transit System from October 7th- November 6th
  58. 58. Loren Madsen Data portrait of Libbe, 1998 inkjet on paper, Photos, events, births, on March 21, throughout history, for my wife’s birthday.
  59. 59. Lani Kuniyuki Coded Diary, 2009 Color and printing on paper Each day Ms Kuniyuki made diary entries in Japanese.The characters were translated into a language of shape and color decipherable only to the artist.
  60. 60. Julia Lines Wilson Infographic time tapestries Each color represents a different activity.The yellow-gold represents eating. Darker purple/ navy represent sleep.The warp was calculated for it's full capacity of yarn and then divided into hours based on how many days I would try to fit into each frame. One hour was about 1.5" of yarn. So each activity was recorded, measured, and woven into each frame.
  61. 61. Loren Madsen Self-portrait After Francesco Albani’s St. Sebastian, 1998- inkjet on paper Personal loss and trauma, transmuted
  62. 62. Katrina Cristobal 21, 2009 ink on paper
  63. 63. Micah Lexier Self-portrait as a wall divided proportionally between this black type representing life lived and the remaining white space representing life to come, based on statistical life expectancy, 1998 vinyl type on wall, dimensions variable
  64. 64. Personas Profile, MIT http://personas.media.mit.edu/ A data mining function which returns a statistical profile of what the web knows about you
  65. 65. India Amos Self-portrait in Data: Beverages, 2009 photo on Flickr
  66. 66. Books: Edward Tufte, Envisioning Information, Graphics Press, 1990 Edward Tufte,TheVisual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 2001 Crosby,The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600, Cambridge, U Press, 1997 Hobart and Schiffman, Information Ages: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Computer Revolution, Johns Hopkins, 1998 Susan Bender, et al,The World According to the Newest and Most Exact Observations: Mapping Art and Science,Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 2005 VictoriaVesna, ed, Database Aesthetics:Art in the Age of Information Overflow, U of Minnesaota, 2007 Articles: Slate: Infoviz Art (www.slate.com/id/2197749/) 'Data, data, everywhere' The Economist, Feb 25th 2010, (www.economist.com/specialreports/ PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=15557443) The Data Driven Life, Gary Wolf, NewYork Times Magazine, 4/26/10 (www.nytimes.com/ 2010/05/02/magazine/02self-measurement-t.html?pagewanted=3&emc=eta1)

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