Nov. 3 event: Turning data into art

Alan Price, associate professor in the Department of Design, marries art and data with stunning results in his creative applications of data visualization. As part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State, Price will present two projects he developed at Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

Grimpant
Price collaborated with artist Teri Rueb to create Grimpant, an installation that was commissioned by contemporary art museum La Panacée Centre de Culture Contemporaine in Montpellier, France. The 35-by-7-foot panoramic projection displays real-time rendering of the origins and growth of Montpellier, which uses datasets of city plantings and traffic flow, as well as tracings of the movements of participants who used Price and Rueb’s mobile app as they moved throughout the city. The map represents a 24-hour day in 24 minutes, which repeats itself, playing out over a timeline of 500 years of Montpellier’s development.

The rhythms of Montpellier become visible in a dynamic projection that combines human movement with the movement of botanical, hydrological, and transportation networks. The image, a data-driven animation, incorporates contemporary and historic data, maps, and archival records.

Grimpant celebrates and brings to life the unique cultural and biological diversity of Montpellier and illustrates the beauty that can be found in data. The project, which was executed in part using the technology and facilities available at ACCAD, exemplifies the center’s mission to educate, inform, and inspire innovative thinking and experimentation in arts and technology through collaborative academic and research experiences for graduate students and faculty.

As You Are Standing Here
Sound is a force that brings difference spaces, people, ideas, and objects into contact with one another: This is the central idea behind Price’s As You Are Standing Here. This interdisciplinary project draws on visual, auditory, and mapping techniques to create an interactive map of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The interface provides a space for thinking about the production and circulation of sound in the city. Price created the interactive map with the help of participants who recorded audio using a mobile app that was developed especially for this project.

As users zoom in and out of the map of Stellenbosch and its surrounding areas on the touchscreen, the recorded audio is played back based on proximity to the center of the screen. Zooming in allows users to isolate sounds, while zooming out increases the volume and reach of the audio recordings. Sounds become increasingly distant from one another until it becomes a single voice representing an unabridged soundscape of Stellenbosch.

This interactive aural and visual experience should not be missed by art aficionados and data enthusiasts alike.

Where to see
Experience Professor Alan Price’s presentation of Grimpant and As You Are Standing Here Thursday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Sullivant Hall, 1813 N High St.

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