Artists give big data a new purpose
When looking for an article that commented on “Big Data,” I was skeptical in using an article that told about artists using big data as a subject. However, after my curiosity led me to read through the article, I found many of the quotes applicable to this weeks reading as well as the lecture. The art presentations put on display offered tangible (and more importantly) humanistic touches on Golumbia’s theories. The art, in a way, moved something from raw data into something more emotional and expressionistic. This switching between human and machine is the fulcrum of which Golumbia bases his argument. The author of the article sums up this balance by saying:
”We see how people form strong opinions about data issues, and for artists this is fascinating. It’s reality, and reality needs interpretation.”
The idea of big data needing context is presented. Without human interaction, big data is useless, and with this human interaction it becomes a political entity; the “politicalness” is something that can be played on with art. On this subject, an artist tells,
“Just like art, big data needs context to make sense. And often that context is political. You cannot separate the two in a meaningful way.”
All in all, “Big Data” is something that lies at the heart of the debate between what is human and what is program and how they interact. There is no better way to demonstrate this than injecting big data into pure emotional human art.