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The upcoming information visualization workshop "EGOVIZ
- Visualizing Individual and Environmental Data", to be organized at Arteleku in San Sebastián, Vasque Country (Spain) from 10 to 22 August, is still looking for collaborators and submissions.

Among the participating teachers, participants and lecturers will be Santiago Ortiz and Miguel Cardoso from Bestiario, author (and now TED celebrity) Manuel Lima, Google Newsmap author Marcos Weskamp, and Ángela Zoss from the Information Visualization Laboratory at Indiana University.

This workshop has the objective of connecting scientific vision with artistic expression by means of the data visualization, and it aims to provide conceptual and technical tools that allow the artist to carry out her research from solidly-contrasted perspectives. The thematic of this workshop is both individual and environment.


INDIVIDUAL AND ENVIRONMENT
Historically, art and science share an interest for the study and representation of the individual and the environment. The relationship between individual and environment is less evident for both art and science, but it is equally important. Over the last few decades, in which the concepts of network and relationship have become relevant, there have been changes of vision and paradigm both in art and science with respect to interchanges in information in various scales, between the parts and the whole.


The visualization of information requires data, evidently. It is not, however, so obvious where to find them. We know that there is an increasing amount of stored (and circulating) information about people, their relationships, and their local and global environments. Such data correspond to measurements or activities that leave a trace. The amount of information stored through both channels increases exponentially. The interest in reading such data without being overwhelmed by them has promoted a discipline that is situated in the barycentre of art, science and technology: the visualization of information.

In this workshop projects will be set up which work with individual and environment-related data that fit into some of the following groups:

group 1: Visualization of information on individuals
(egoviz, in the case that a person presents his/her own information)

In our technologised culture, an individual produces information and leaves digital traces in the Internet, in their own and other computers, and in many other devices. In ever more everyday cases, and thanks to web2.0 services, a person may have digitalised information on his/her network of friends, travel, his/her reading, beliefs, astral charts, multiple conversations, states of morale and all of that even updated on a daily basis, and even technical data related with his/her health...

group 2: Visualization of information on environments
States and companies have big-scale information on and there is growing pressure for such data to be made public. Manuel Lima comments on the importance of the visualization of information on environment-related data


group 3: Visualization of information on relationships between individuals and environment
The fundamental challenge of this workshop is to find ideas for projects of visualisation of the relationship between the individual and the environment, and reflect on how to find data of this kind. Probably possibilities may arise as a result of mixing projects focussed exclusively to the individual or to the environment.

Representing the relationship between people and what surrounds us is of considerable political importance because it informs us on how the environment affects the individual, and contributes to identifying strategies for these alterations to become positive.


Some more related links include: egoviz: self-surveillance, learn more about yourself, environment: Sustainability Networks.

This post was written by Santiago Ortiz: Mathematician, researcher and creator of knowledge interactive interfaces. He is co-founder of Bestiario, and will be teaching at the Egoviz workshop. Some of the most interesting projects created at the workshop will be posted at this blog after the workshop.

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Sounds like an awesome gathering about a very relevant convergence of art and science.

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