The Art of Mapping Data: Statistics, Naturalism, and Transformation
Mapping is a new genre of art based on transforming data sets into another
form – numbers into images, movement into sound... The talk will
discuss the following questions: What makes this specific form of applied
technology art? How does the artist’s specific perspective manifest
itself in a piece of mapping art? What is the relation between content
and form in mapping art? It is argued that mimetic mapping is a cultural
form appropriate to the postmodern denial of grand narrative. In this
form of mapping the expression of ideas is replaced by the absolute administration
of data and the artist is replaced by the “engineer”. The
talk introduces various examples of mimetic and other kinds of mapping.
The theoretical discussion relates mapping to topics such as ready-mades,
photography, Naturalism, Formalism, and Postmodernism.