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Cultured Data Symposium

How can data science and the arts and humanities learn from one another?

Two days of events February 7-8 considering the growing digitization of the cultural record and the explosion of new data generation, collection, and analysis practices create a new state of cultured data: culture as data, and data as a driver of culture. Our symposium examines this emerging condition, considering both how analytic techniques enable new understandings of culture, and how the proliferation of data in everyday life changes how culture is produced, distributed, and influenced. In these panels, we wrestle with new modes of scholarship and cultural production enabled by data-forward analysis methods, and consider perspectives from the arts and humanities for data science practice. What can these disciplines teach one another about their possibilities and limits towards realizing a more just, informed, and culturally-rich future?

With 200 RSVPs for both days, and a robust and diverse turnout, the event was a success!

Day 1 Talks @ Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego:

Stay tuned for complete archives of the talks and performances on the website:

Streaming show @ CalIT2

Curated by DELUGE (Stephanie E. Sherman, Ash E. Smith) and Robert Twomey

Gallery Hours
January 14-March 13, 2020
12pm-5pm Monday-Friday
gallery@calit2 will be closed on UCSD observed holidays

Curator’s Roundtable
Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
5:00-6:00pm Discussion with Jordan Crandall, DELUGE (Stephanie E. Sherman, Ash E. Smith) Robert Twomey, and guests; Calit2 Auditorium. Stream Online:

Cultured Data Symposium
Friday, February 7, 2020
1:00pm-5:00pm, Keynote from Shannon Mattern
Calit2 Auditorium 5:00pm-7:00pm Reception and gallery open

Thursday, March 12, 2020
5:00pm Eco-streaming with Calum Bowden; gallery@calit2

Stream the exhibition online

Culture Report: Data Culture

Digital Humanities Is the Field You Didn’t Know You Needed

What can data science, the arts, and humanities teach one another towards realizing a more just, informed, and culturally-rich future?

Appreciate the chance to think through these issues with Erin Glass  and Julia Dixon Evans for Voice of San Diego.

stay tuned for the #cultureddata symposium in february!

Talk at E.A.T. / Nokia Bell Labs

I gave a talk, “Embedded Computing in the Intimate Everyday” at Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T). It was great to share my work with the researchers at Nokia Bell, and spend time brainstorming on art and empathy.

The Clarke Center team had a two day visit at Nokia Bell Labs Murray Hill, NJ headqaruters. What an awesome experience! I got to play the voder, one of the original speech synthesis technologies developed at Bell. Many amazing projects came out of E.A.T.’s arts and engineering collaboration in the 60s. I’m excited to develop new work with the Nokia Bell engineers.

Playing the Replica Voder
One of the world’s largest anechoic chambers. Has an equal volume above and below the ears.
Original, signed poster from 9 Evenings