“Data Mining” by Ursyn

  • ©Anna Z. Ursyn



    Data Mining





    Humans create cities, whereas a city metaphor reflects datasets.

    What do technological and human worlds have in common? Natural order guides our understanding of big datasets related to network analysis, when we employ physical analogies of the data, render the data graphically, explore them “by eye,” and interact in real time. My task is to juxtapose the regularity of nature with human physical and intellectual constructions. The big city, for example, combines how humans affect their environment and how a city metaphor reflects rhythm and organization of big datasets, and makes data mining easier. Observers, whether artists or technology experts, perceive such relationships from different perspectives and different points of view.


    HARDWARE: Macintosh, Vax, digital camera.


    SOFTWARE DEVELOPER: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, QuickTime, programs written in Fortran.

Additional Contributors:

    Producer: Anna Ursyn
    Contributors: Toby Rush

Additional Information:

    Techniques: Computer plots obtained using Fortran and IGL, and transformed into photo-silkscreens for color variation were applied on the surface of a mirror to create an image of a city. A short animated film with people in motion was projected on this mirror surface, creating a reflection of people’s movement. Thus the image of the city was juxtaposed with the animated actions, to show how big-city life involves individual life events and daily routines.

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