Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity

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PostSun Jun 12, 2011 1:51 pm » by Thedude69


Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations. From elegant lines tracing airline flights to landscapes of cell phone data, from a Johnny Cash video assembled from crowd-sourced drawings to the "Wilderness Downtown" video that customizes for the user, his works brilliantly explore how modern technology can make us more human.

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Aaron Koblin finds art through the unlikely confluence of massive data sets and personal intimacy. His work ranges from animating the paths of every North American airline flight, to using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform to pay workers to “draw a sheep facing left,” which were then placed in "The Sheep Market."

Koblin was creative director for Radiohead’s video “House of Cards,” which received a Grammy nomination. He is now the Creative Director of the Data Arts team in Google's Creative Lab. From there, he collaborated with Arcade Fire to produce a video that blends images of the viewers home, taken from Google Maps’ Street View, into the experience.

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PostSun Jun 12, 2011 3:23 pm » by Lowsix

I begrudgingly have to admit that this is
one of the most badass posts of the month.

1000% worth the bump.

Please watch the video.

Watch up to the Johnny Cash Video portion.

fuck. powerful.
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