Gerfried Stocker: To Create an Identity
In this video, Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director of Ars Electronica, speaks about the importance to create an identity for middle size cities in order to achieve better cultural projects, educational programs and economical development, how technologies must fit our human needs and in which way the connection between art and technology serve as a useful tool to organize the living together of the people in their urban spaces.
José Luis de Vicente: The symbolic dimension of data visualization
In this video interview, José Luis de Vicente, cultural researcher and director of the program: Visualizar at MediaLab Prado, speaks about the symbolic, cultural and aesthetic dimension of data visualization, in addition to its information level. He also points out its interdisciplinary quality, as a result of the interconnection of different fields of knowledge involved, which makes it a distinctly contemporary matter. Finally, he emphasizes its narrative character which may server to describe particular complex events of our reality.
Dietmar Offenhuber: Smart Cities / Sensable Cities
In this video, Dietmar Offenhuber addresses the transformation of the concept of “intelligent city” to “senseable city” from his experience as a researcher at the Senseable City Lab in The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also explains how art has influenced scientific research and how artists experiment with new ways of approaching to reality while they actively gets involved in transforming it. Finally, he addresses the relationship between designers and users of new technologies, and emphasizes the role of data visualization as a catalyst for information processes.
Fermín Serrano: Data visualization and scientific research
In this video, Fermín Serrano, from the The Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems of the University of Zaragoza (BIFI), expresses his ideas about data visualization applied to understand scientific research. He also explains one of the latest Institute’s work: the visualization of Twitter messages in the 15-M Movement, Occupy Puerta del Sol (Madrid, May 2011), and underlines the multidisciplinary character of data visualization which appeals for collaboration between artists and scientists. Finally, he calls out to present ambitious projects to Paseo Project contest.
Susanne Jaschko: About the emotional involvement in technology and citizen dynamics
In this video interview, Susanne Jaschko, independent curator specialized in contemporary art and digital culture and one of the panelist at Paseo Project seminar last March, deals with the idea of emotional involvement of technologies within citizen dynamics. She also speaks about the distinction between artistic processes and creativity in more functional technologies projects. However, she expresses that in the future, collaborative work between artists and researchers will be stronger. Finally, she recommends to deep into the different layers of a city -social, cultural, political…- to develop the most effective artistic urban interventions.
Mahir M. Yavuz: Images and Patterns
Mahir M. Yavuz explains in this video his vision about data visualization. Yavuz is an artist, designer and researcher specialized in data visualization and interactive design based in New York. He believes that today, thanks to new technologies, we can visualize everything almost in real time. So, it is possible to creates different images and patterns of what people are doing in their everyday life. In that sense, he tells one of his latest projects: Sense of Patterns, a way to visualize mobility data in public spaces. On the other hand, he believes data visualization plays a key role to have a kind of awareness of a city and to imagine better future city plans. Finally, from his point of view, to have a good concept and recollect an unique data set are the best factor to achieve a remarkable data visualization projects.
Pablo Valbuena: Space, light, reality
Pablo Valbuena studied architecture and is considered one of the most singular Spanish visual artists who works in public spaces. In this interview he explains how his work deep into the crossing lines between real and the perception of reality, how to deal with the limitations of a space to produce a fine work, the way he use light as a plastic element and technology as a artistic tool, and the necessity to departure from a conceptual analysis in order to develop relevant public interventions.
Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirt: A systemic approach
Stefan Mittlböck-Jungwirt is the director of the Media Art and Architecture Group at the Futurelab in Ars Electronica. In this interview he explains the work his team develops based on a systemic approach in order to create all kind of interfaces. He also talks about how people reacts when a new project is presented. In this sense, he introduces us the latest projec of the Futurelab: Zeitraum (TimeSpace), an interactive art installation the Ars Electronica Futurelab designed for the new terminal at Vienna International Airport. Finally, he underlines the importance of multidisciplinary work as a base to develop new ideas and projects.
Eduardo Estopiñán: Creativity, a premium value
Eduardo Estopiñán is R&D Manager at ARSTIC Audivisual Solutions, a creative and technological consulting company from Zaragoza. In this interview, he explains how creativity adds a premium value to new interactive and audiovisuals technologies and underlines the meeting points between creative and technological profiles in order to develop relevant new media projects. On the other hand, he expresses how public open data may favor more creative and participative actions in their process. Finally, he points out how interactivities technologies are a huge field of development in the future and encourage young people to study and learn technological startups currently emergent in other parts of the world as a inspiration of future endeavours.