DAT/Artathon: Turning risk data into visual art
Data art has the power to evoke emotions while simultaneously conveying information on risk and resilience to a wider audience. Risk data is often trapped in long reports and articles that never reach key stakeholders who we truly want to reach: at-risk communities and leaders who can invoke positive change. Furthermore, risk data has a level of abstraction that can obscure the fact that they represent real concerns of real people.
This artathon will build the creative skills for those who have used or have an interest in using data to: 1) think intentionally and empathetically about the data and bias that go into a visualization and 2) expand our visualizations from traditional charts and graphs towards pieces of art.
Over the two days, we will walk participants through the process of making art from data — from developing a concrete concept based on a dataset to prototyping the data art piece, which they can take forward to a final piece after the artathon.
This workshop will emphasize process: we will focus on building empathy (with the subjects of the data and readers), providing feedback on multiple rounds of rapid prototyping, and building confidence for trying new mediums and styles. Participants will gain access to experts in risk and resilience data, technical communication, geospatial mapping, software development, and multiple art mediums.
By the end of the artathon, each participant can showcase their prototype during a small exhibition and the entire process will be shared online. Through intentional data art, those of us who work deeply with risk information can communicate its importance to those who would most benefit from it.The artathon is limited to 25 accepted participants. We welcome each participant to bring their own dataset, otherwise, we will provide some before the event.
Organizer: Disaster Analytics for Society Lab at Nanyang Technological University
Partner Organizations: Earth Observatory of Singapore Community Engagement Office – Communication, art, and storytelling; VR4DR, Virtual reality for disaster resilience – Empathy building