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Please follow instructions carefully. If you are a human being, continue on to Section A.
Section A. Introduction
As humans, our reliance on how information is rendered and explained to us becomes more relevant and complex every nano-second of every day. Contemporary uses and designs of data visualization (pursuant to sections B.1, B.2, and B.3, below) have become a mainstay of how we work, play, observe and evaluate our daily lives. They determine what we see today… and what we foresee tomorrow.

Innovative thinking in data visualization brings with it new and more powerful mechanisms of perception and persuasion.

Part One (1.) of the AIGA/NY: Data Visualization series (AIGA/NY:DVS) will be seen and heard through 3 distinct lenses: the professional, the scholastic, and the curatorial.

Section B. The Angle
1. The Professional Witness how data visualization is a great facilitator in professional and commercial realms.

2. The Scholastic Observe how, through scholarly examination, research and investigation of new visual methodologies change our interpretation of how data visualization is used and analyzed.

3. The Curatorial Enjoy the cultural, social and sometime political; join the celebration, documentation and debate of how visualization is used in today’s society in imaginative ways by myriad design personalities.

Section C. The Specifics
1. The People
Lisa Strausfeld’s design and technology education began at Brown University, where she studied art history and computer science. She received master’s degrees in architecture at Harvard University and in media arts and sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT she served as a research assistant in the Visible Language Workshop of the Media Lab, where she researched and developed new models for displaying and interacting with complex information.

Laura Kurgan is the Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL) in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she also teaches architecture. Her work ranges from investigating the ethics and politics of geography and mapping, to the visualization of urban and global data using digital technologies. Her recent research includes a multi-year SIDL project on “million-dollar blocks” and the cost of American incarceration, as well as a collaborative exhibition on global migration and climate change. Kurgan has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennial, MACBA in Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2009, Kurgan was awarded a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship.

Kate Carmody is a curatorial assistant in the Architecture and Design department at The Museum of Modern Art. She is currently working on Talk to Me, an exhibition about the communication between people and objects, with senior curator, Paola Antonelli. Kate holds a master’s degree from the History of Design and Decorative Arts program at Parsons, the New School for Design.

2. The Time and place
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10016

Wednesday 12 January 2011
6:30PM Check-in
7:00-8:30PM Presentation

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