Data has never been more beautiful. As scientists, journalists, and researchers search for inventive and inclusive ways to share their work, the field of data visualization has flourished, extending into eye-popping terrain. In conjunction with VISUALISE, join visualization creators and experts from NASA, NOAA, the New York Times, and more as they share their work and fantastic findings. Then immerse yourself in the data with works from artists forging new visualization pathways in the art space and see how data scientists learn about and express visually what we eat at Pairings: Mint.
Selections from Stamen
With Stamen Design
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. and 9:15 - 10:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Webcast Studio
Encounter a selection of visually evocative and revealing projects from Stamen Design, a firm of experts and innovators in the field of data visualization. Drawing from their wide range of projects, this screening demonstrates the beauty and utility of data visualization in the modern world.
Comics and Visual Communication
With Scott McCloud
7:00 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Comics have finally come of age as an artistic and literary form. This once-maligned medium of expression is poised for new opportunities, thanks to a mutating media environment and a potential revolution in visual education. Author and comics artist Scott McCloud shines a light on these and other fascinating trends - and demonstrates why every visual choice we make matters - in a fast-moving cascade of images and ideas.
Data as Exploratory Medium
With Fernanda Viégas
7:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Webcast Studio
Data is everywhere. And, as more aspects of our lives move to the digital realm, data becomes ever more ubiquitous and powerful. It also becomes more massive and harder to make sense of. Cut out some of the noise with artificial intelligence researcher Fernanda Viégas as she discusses ways in which data visualization can help us effectively engage with data: from generating scientific insight and enabling public debate to boosting artistic expression.
With Simon Rogers, Kevin Godes, and Clay Reynolds
8:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
Keep it fresh and cool this May: join Simon Rogers on a tour of the way Google News Lab analyzes food-based queries with data visualizations, expressing the intersection of data aggregation, visualizations, and food at their site The Rhythm of Food. Then take the process for a spin, testing the digital - which is to say, cultural - presence of mint. Additionally, sample the cuisine of mint, curated by chef Kevin Godes and beverage director Clay Reynolds.
Personalizing Climate Change
With Nadja Popovich
8:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Webcast Studio
Climate change can often feel abstract, far away in both time and space. As graphics editor with The New York Times climate team, Nadja Popovich has grappled with how to make climate data more tangible and urgent for readers. Through the lens of recent Times projects, find out what she learned: how visuals, interactivity, and an approach to data that roots it in personal experience can prompt a deeper understanding of the impacts of our changing climate.
The ClimateMusic Project
With the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
9:00 p.m. | Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum
Co-presented by San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The ClimateMusic Project
Tune in to the sound of climate change in this performance of data-driven music and sonifications. Working closely with scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, each musician wrote custom software to translate historical climate data and predictive data models into electronic instruments and musical parameters. Don’t miss the premieres of these remarkable compositions - data-driven pieces that explore the urgent issue of climate change through sound.
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San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 528-4444
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