Stanza Big Data visualisation

Title. Mind Map. All The Books Ever.

Context. How do we see all the information all the flowing fluid stuff thats all around us. This data visualisation artwork is a a poetic interpretation made using custom computer code which becomes a software system that can been seen online through a browser. Data has become the medium of the age and it can be offers insight into the way our world is given shape and meaning.

In this case what we see are the paths traveled by all the books taken out of Milton Keynes library over the last five years. There are 160,000 books in the massive data visualization system. It appears as a 3d space, a hybrid map of the movements of the books to their destination. The books travel down roads and paths to roundabouts to peoples houses. The books are shown traveling to the postcode destination. This massive data visualization moves organically orbiting around the library at the center of activity. It's a hub of knowledge spreading through the town creating a new world a new space. The data artwork becomes a new map of knowledge.

Exhibitions. To be installed as large projectors.

Milton Keynes Libraries as part of The Digitalis Programme. 2015
MozEx: Curated by the digital learning teams at both the Tate and the V&A,2016
Nesta AI and Creativity Futures London UK

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Available for touring and exhibitions. Best shown on large projector.

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Mind Map from Stanza on Vimeo.

Stanza Big Data visualisation

Stanza Big Data visualisation

Stanza Big Data visualisation


Commissioned by Milton Keynes Libraries and funded by Arts Council England as part of The Digitalis Programme.