JAMES PRICER, INSTRUCTOR
Creating Data Art / with Processing
THURDAYS 6PM — 9PM
from September 28
to November 9
7 class sessions
+ student exhibition
east side collective
2400 E. Cesar Chavez #302
Austin, Texas 78702
THE EVOCATIVE POTENTIAL OF DATA
Data art seeks to connect emotionally and unlock reactions and meanings not accessible through quantitative analysis.
Explore the world of data and art
This class walks through the process transforming large sets of data, using Processing, into beautiful abstract visual artwork.
This is a great introduction to the Processing language and data-driven art.
You will learn to create visuals from a wide range of datasets—from country happiness data to crime data—and to optimize the visual appearance of the output to create a beautifully printed final work.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?
This course is perfect for anyone interested in data, design, generative art, abstractionism, or the quantified self.
The class culminates with each student creating data art prints or video loops. The students showcase is a great opportunity to have the public see your work. You can check out past showcase exhibits here.
ART VS. VISUALIZATION
Data visualization and data art differ in purpose and design
The goal of data visualization is to help viewers quickly, concisely, and correctly understand data. In contrast, data art offers entertainment and aesthetics.
This class is focused on data art and creating highly abstract visuals with a narrative and affective aesthetic. Our goal is to visually express what the data is telling us on cognitive and emotional levels—to give a qualitative feel of the nature of the data.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
001. CREATIVE CODING
Introduction to Processing language
002. WORKING W/DATA
Find, select, and prep data to drive artwork
003. GENERATING VISUALS
Use Processing to visualize tabular data
004. PRINTED OUTPUT
Prep and optimize files for print/video output
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Mac or PC laptop with Processing installed (free)
Image manipulation software (Photoshop, Gimp, Pixelmator)
Spreadsheet software (Excel, Google Sheets, Libreoffice)
Expect to spend $30+ to print and frame your final project
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
No prior coding experience necessary
Image manipulation experience is a plus but not required
Artists Working in this Medium
"My art is about creating more inclusive patterns in our understanding of ourselves and others."
— JAMES PRICER
From data scientist to data artist, James Pricer has used data to disrupt and transform industries.
Along with undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and business, James has been awarded multiple patents for pattern recognition methods and software.
For his artwork, he uses human data such as DNA and creates animated abstractions of these data that search for more inclusive patterns in our understanding of ourselves and others.
Having lived in San Francisco and New York City, he currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife on a tiny urban farm with dogs, cats, and chickens.