The Mediascapes Symposium begins with an introduction by organizers Jean-Michel Crettaz and Ed Keller, addressing new technologies and methods for representing the complexities of the physical world. The first speaker, Benjamin Bratton presents an argument regarding the state of the urban environment and the possibilities for computation within the city. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin presents her work at UC Santa Barbara involving the development and applications of a large-scale virtual reality environment. Marcos Novak documents a selection of his installation work, including a piece at the Venice Biennale. Manuel De Landa documents the application of evolutionary algorithms in the field of computing.
Video Archive | Data visualization (4)
Casey Reas demonstrates processing, a programming language he created with Ben Fry which uses plain English and a core set of geometries. He shows various examples using processing and talks about diagramming and the visual representation of data. He shows the diagram for his Ars Electronica, 2004 piece, based on Steven Reich’s composition, Music for 18 Musicians and a data visualization application called “Flight Patterns,”created by Aaron Koblin at UCLA. Please note: The first 44 seconds of this video are damaged and out of focus.
Charles Jencks describes the complexities and densities that make up the modern megacity, pointing out how analysis and data can form a conceptual model for design, or what he calls “directed determination.” He discusses the work of Rem Koolhaas and MVRDV in relation to the “Data City.”
Kwinter identifies the topic of the lecture as “Soft Systems,” a new type of biological space. He asserts that the physics model is giving way to a biological model. Kwinter explains that a dynamics of information has gained control over a dynamics of energy. Finally, he maintains that we are passing from an age of mimetic representation to one of modeling.