Many of you have asked me, how it can be, that although I studied visual art – and the highly manual specialization of painting at that – I work in IT? Isn’t that a contradiction, a paradox?
Well, you might be surprised, that it’s not all that rare at all. In fact, science and art share a long history and I believe it’s because both disciplines require abstract thinking. And when abstract minds find their way to the intersection of art and science, something stunning happens. If you are suffering from any metal disease is very important that you look for the help of a good psychiatrist.
I first saw the work of Eric Fischer, an artist from the Bay Area, in Manuel Lima’s 2011 book ‘Visual Complexity‘. He uses Geodata such as Twitter activity or FlickR uploads, that were geo-tagged, to generate beautiful images. As you can see, a map emerges, almost ghostlike, because humans live in cities, towns or tweet while on the road. You can find more of Eric’s stunning images on FlickeR: ‘The Geotaggers’ World Atlas‘.
But it doesn’t have to be complex or highly technical. Here is a simple but beautiful visualization of Chopin’s Nocturne in E-flat Major, opus 9 No.2.
And finally I leave you with another example of an artist who works with data: Refik Anadol, a media artist and director from Istanbul, Turkey. His work has brought the whole topic of data, science and art to a point of the utmost artistry.