“1,2,3 data”: an exhibition about data!
What a better way to start your day in Paris than with a lively and unique exhibition? From May to October 2018, an exhibition named 1, 2, 3 data is held at the Fondation Groupe EDF in Paris, rue Récamier, in the 6th arrondissement. This free exhibition is unlike any other. For the very first time in France, the artworks of forty data designers are brought together: all have the same composition material, data. With it are created impressive and intelligent works of art, that will please the eye and feed the mind.
The electric company’s foundation is at the end of a small pedestrian street, shaded by lime trees. The exhibition space is as small as the street, which is perfect to spend a short but fulfilling moment. The artworks are spread across the white space and its mezzanine. Some are interactive, some mechanical, others static, the size of a tablet or the size of a queen mattress. Some of the pieces could not even exist without the visitor’s participation: the data the visitor provides give life to the artworks.
One of our favorites is Casino Las Datas, by Albertine Meunier, Sylvia Fredriksson, and Filipe Vilas-Boas. To play the slot machine of this interactive artwork, the visitor must give away data in order to get chips. Every piece of information given by the visitor at the entrance is worth a certain amount of chips: 1 chip for a name, 4 chips for an email address, 7 chips for the last research on Google, 10 chips for the credit card numbers. How much data about yourself are you willing to give away in order to play and maybe win?
Another artwork not to be missed is one about food, of course! Named Data Cuisine, this project aims to represent data through food and beverage. In other words, the artists involved in the project tried to answer one question: what is the taste of data? Different dishes illustrate different percentages and facts: number of prize Nobel winners, demographics per country, usage of internet, distance traveled by ingredients, renewable energy and many more. A tasty visualization of the world’s data!
From the casino to the kitchen, nowadays, data is everywhere, takes every shape, and is used for everything. With this exhibition, curated by David Bihanic, data becomes a material to create artworks and to question our societies, leaving us with a new perspective on all the incredible possibilities of data use!
To know more about this exhibition, please visit the Fondation‘s website:
To know more about how to use art to make your data compilations more attractive, please listen to this Ted Talk that we have specially picked out for you:
“David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.”
Video: Tele-Present Water, by David Bowen
Image 1: Casino Las Datas, by Albertine Meunier, Sylvia Fredriksson, and Filipe Vilas-Boas
Image 2: Data Cuisine, by Susanne Jaschko and Moritz Stefaner
©Video and pictures taken by the HARi crm Team