Description: How to See a City? Photography, Maps, Big Data, and Visualization
19th and 20th-century painters, photographers, filmmakers, and geographers created many different methods to represent city life and the everyday. In the 21st century, artists and scientists introduced additional approaches using new types of urban data and sensors (e.g., social media posts, sensor networks, satellite imagery, etc.) Manovich will sketch the evolution of city representation from the 19th century until today and discuss a number of important projects created in the last 15 years.
Manovich will also present selected projects from my Cultural Analytics Lab, including work created for New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art in NYC (MoMA), and Google. These projects explore new ways of interacting with and exploring large photo collections of urban life and experiences. They include an analysis of 2.3 million Instagram photographs shared in 13 global cities; On Broadway installation that presents life along Broadway street in NYC using 30 million data points and images; and Selfiexpolatory, an interactive tool for comparing thousands of selfies from six global cities.