For the first time, SIGGRAPH has adopted the theme of "information aesthetics". Part of this theme was a physical exhibition, curated by Victoria Szabo. The exhibition space was open and less busy and stuffy like some of the rooms where the Emerging Technologies demonstrations happened in, one floor above. Computer screens, posters, large projection displays and even some physical artifacts made it well paced exhibition, that did not attempt to overwhelm the viewer. However, its location within the New Orleans Convention Center might have been its only disadvantage, along a long corridor that was not well visited by the typical conference visitor. Images of the setup can be admired below, together with some new or unknown projects.
The showcase exhibition contained many works that should already be known to the *avid* infosthetics reader. Do you (still) know them all?
. News Knitter materializes large-scale data gathered from online political news through beautiful wearable garments. Seeing them in person make you only wish more that they would be for sale! (nb: potential buyers can leave your contact details Mahir's website)
. OpenStreetMap 2008: A Year of Edits is a wiki-style 3D globe map of the world, in which all edits over time, themselves results of physical local surveys, flash white and then decays through yellow and red to purple.
. MSNBC Hurricane Tracker and Oakland Crimespotting both how off Stamen's ability in both graphical design and technical development. As with most other screen-based works, it seemed to attract fewer onlookers than the non-screen works.
. Eigenfactor demonstrates how elegance and information can be effectively merged. It attracted quite some people by its additional poster and bright downlight.
. Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced is an interactive screen-based collection of visualizations revealing deep structures of choreographic thinking through a vivid collection of information objects in the form of 3D computer animation, annotation, and interactive graphics. Even the 3 separate displays could show only a glimpse of its richness.
. The playfulness of Visual Poetry was represented by 3 nicely framed posters.
. A_B_ peace & terror is a transparent poster revealing the quantitative contribution of each of the 192 member states of the United Nations has made toward peace and terror in the world.
. The Katrina Project: NO-LA is a database-driven, activist web site explores the psychological and social effects of the Katrina storm in New Orleans.
Read on below for short descriptions and screenshots of projects that have not been blogged on infosthetics before, including some overview pictures of the physical exhibition itself.