"Draw Your Visit With Data"

a workshop for the Museum of Modern Art,
December 10, 2016

 

 

 

Last December I’ve had the pleasure to teach a 6 hour-workshop at the Department of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, a class called “Draw your Visit with Data”, where we explored what using data — small and subjective data — as an observational tool and as a creative material could bring to, for example, the way we experience an exhibition.

The workshop was part of my ongoing research on what I call Data Humanism: an approach to the data world through which, I argue, we are ready to question the impersonality of a merely technical approach to data, and to reconnect numbers to what they really stand for: our lives.

Specifically, it is an opportunity to investigate how we can find and use data in contexts you wouldn’t expect — as a second pair of eyes: to learn how to see more and better, and to explore how small and subjective data can be an observational tool and a creative material we could bring to, for example, the way we experience an exhibition.

During the one-day workshop, we focused on a specific exhibition with works exclusively from the 1960s, “a decade in which interdisciplinary artistic experimentation flourished, traditional mediums were transformed, and sociopolitical upheaval occurred across the globe.” In the very nature of the exhibition, there is purposely no narrative that links the artworks other than chronology. Thus participants needed to find their own story, using data as the guiding material to build their own personal, unique experience.

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Workshop participants collecting data in From the Collection: 1960–1969. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Workshop participants collecting data in From the Collection: 1960–1969. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Workshop participant organizing his own data. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Workshop participant organizing his own data. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Workshop participant crafting her legend. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Workshop participant crafting her legend. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Workshop participant’s completed data visualization. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Workshop participant’s completed data visualization. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Workshop, collective discussion of results. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Workshop, collective discussion of results. Photo: Manuel Martagon. © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York