In this talk, Jer Thorp discusses the intersection between data and human experience. He’ll go into detail a number of projects involving diverse data sets, including the 770,000 words in the Shakespeare Folio, astronomical measurements from NASA, text from nightly news broadcasts, and real-time air traffic reports. Jer discusses how — by framing data in a human context — we can use it more effectively, and ultimately foster better practices for data-focused design.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. Recently he has collaborated with NASA, visualized 138 years of Popular Science, and has had work exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Thorp is currently the Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times R&D Group and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s ITP program. He has over a decade of teaching experience, in Langara College’s Electronic Media Design Program, at the Vancouver Film School, and as an artist-in-residence at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.