In collaboration with Liz Monk and Nora Mattern, I’ve developed and facilitated several art+data workshops and events. Designed for participants who may be brand new to art or data (or both), these programs have been an opportunity to explore new datasets, to approach visualization without computers, and to talk with people who approach data in different ways. This work began as part of the Year of Data and Society at the University of Pittsburgh during the 2021-2022 academic year, but has continued and evolved as we connect with new audiences and communities. 

Recent workshop details below:   

Art + Data Workshop Series 
Center for Creativity, University of Pittsburgh
Third Thursday of Every Month, 3-5pm 

Discover and explore the connections between data and visual art! Register for one, two, or all three.

Data is collected and shared in a myriad of ways and sometimes can be complicated or difficult to understand (especially in a presentation where the slide goes too quickly and the numbers are small and you are in the back of the room). But there are many ways to use and share data!

Please join us as we explore the connection between art and the creative side of visualizing data. In this workshop we will share data art inspiration, local data resources, and spend time getting creative making our own art using data.

No computers will be used in this series, and there are no prerequisite skills or experiences. You are encouraged to join even (or especially!) if you feel like you shouldn’t because you aren’t a “data” person. You should!

At each workshop you’ll build connections,discover new ways of displaying data and feel more confident exploring datasets on your own.  You are welcome to join any and or all of the workshops! Please register separately for each workshop session.

Accessing and Using Community Data for Your Art  

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Monday, October 17, 2022, 6-8pm [online]

In this workshop we explore the connection between art and the creative side of visualizing data. Drawing inspiration from examples of data-driven artwork, including Mona Chalabi’s hand-drawn visualizations of trees in New York City, Kathryn Clark’s foreclosure quilts and Alice Thudt’s ceramic representations of personal data, we will share how to access similar local data resources. Participants will have time to practice accessing data and will also have time to get creative with data. 

You are encouraged to join even, or especially if, you feel like you shouldn’t because you aren’t necessarily “data-inclined.”

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