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From graphing an entire year’s news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles online, to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, the cutting-edge visualizations of data artist Jer Thorp help us learn about the ways we use digital technologies, become more empathetic in the data age, and, ultimately, tell the story of our lives. How can understanding the human side of data lead to innovation and change? What value is there in new and interactive approaches to data visualization? And what are the business applications of creative data-focused research? In a talk interweaved with beautiful and moving data-visualization projects, Thorp, the current Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress, will illuminate how adding meaning and narrative to data can help people take control of the information that surrounds them, and transform the way we use data.
Jer Thorp | Official website, TED Talk, Twitter, Wikipedia
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Curtis Fletcher (Ahmanson Lab, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study) and Tara McPherson (Cinematic Arts, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study).