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    Micro, Meso, and Macro Data Collection and Analysis, as a Method for Speculative and Artistic Exploration

    EVA Copenhagen 2018 - Politics of the Machines - Art and After

    Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 15 - 17 May 2018


    Stavros Didakis



    In this work, an attempt is made to explore the emerging computationally-enhanced private and public environments by analysing the ecological transitions and their implications on practical, aesthetic, and speculative dimensions. The author has decided to methodologically dissect the multiplicity of information that exists on many possible-to-detect scales, that is, micro (10-10 to 10-3), meso (10-3 to 101), and macro (101 to 108), and utilize this extraction as a tool for experimentation and redefinition.

    With the use of custom-made hardware and software utilities (sensor devices, sentiment analysis algorithms, online APIs, and many more), a vast amount of data is collected and used as a multidimensional layered architecture that constantly shifts and transforms. The extracted and analysed content of the collection becomes the essence of the work that is shaped and refined through digital and physical making - middleware, recursion, mapping - and by utilizing technological objects within the physical space, the creative process is augmented and amplified, exploring not only new practices and novel applications, but rather redefining behaviour, thought-process, and context.


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