DESMA 258: Database Aesthetics week 1

Mark Hansen

April 7, 2004, 12:00 pm   » 

course description: In this course, we will consider the use of data in the creation of media art, in theroy and pratice. We will examine each step in the process of data collection, analysis and representation. Topics include databases and data warehousing, exploratory analysis and visualization, clustering and pattern finding, sampling, and various data mining algorithms. Through our discussions, we will also consider fundamental concepts like complexity and randomness as well as social systems and philosophical outlooks. This is not technically a course in data visualization, but rather a venue for exploring techniques that organize data, search for patterns, and create meaningful or expressive representaions. In addition to considering the technological undrpinnings of how large datasets are handled, we will do an overview of media artwork created using databases that includes visitors of well-known media artists and curators. Students will be expected to read essays in the reading list provided, do research and develop a piece considering the issues and technologies we discussed in class as a final project. An exhibition is planned at the end of the class.

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