Maps, Routes and Shortcuts Mapping Cyberspace
JANUARY 7th MARCH 29th 2002
In this second MEDIALOUNGE programme, we've selected
projects that show creative approaches to the task of visualising
information, and how elegant visualisation can not only help us
find our way through masses of data, but also find 'shortcuts'
to information that would be virtually impossible to find in the
real world. In some of our examples, such as the RHIZOME or PLUMBDESIGN
alternative interfaces, these shortcuts make it easy for people
to search huge databases, and to make connections between related
pieces of data. Other projects, such as FAXYOURMP and THEYRULE,
use these 'shortcuts' to more obvious, political, ends.
CYBERGEOGRAPHY shows us the sheer beauty of visualisation,
from the first hand-drawn sketches of the internet in 1969 to
incredible 'snap-shots' of the internet today, looking more like
underwater coral than a global network of computers.
Finally, Lucy Kimbells on-going research
project LIX-E maps The Media Centre itself, taking a range of
data, from the amount of internet traffic in the building to physical
data about lighting, heating and movement.
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