Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Data Visualization

I really enjoyed this video because I feel like the topic of data visualization is something that we can all relate to. Today, we are surrounded by an overwhelming amount of data every single day; every message sent or received  on our smart phone, every scroll through Instagram, and even each time we swipe into a building on campus, is generating some form of data. Due to the almost infinite amount of data generated on a daily basis, data visualization is so important because it allows us to make more sense of a this information. 

This video reminded me of a data visualization application called Tableau, which I learned to use In one of my info systems classes. The purpose of this software is to take data from applications such as Excel or Access and create visual representations of the data. When we look at data as just numbers or letters, such as how they appear in an Excel worksheet for example, they’re really just letters and numbers on a page; they don’t make much sense to the human brain. By creating some sort of a visual representation of the same information, however, it allows people to make sense of it and draw important conclusions. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Whitescapes"



The first photo below is of a roll of paper towels in front of a white cabinet  with the lights on and the second is the same objects, but with one light switch off. 




Monday, February 6, 2017

John Berger “Ways of Seeing"



“No other kind of relic or text from the past can offer such a direct testimony about the world which surrounded other people at other times. In this respect images are more precise and richer than literature” (10). This quote really resonated with me; because I feel that it in some ways contradicts some of the previous points Berger makes. For example Berger points out that how we, as humans, “see things is affected by what we know or what we believe… We only see what we look at” (8). I feel that these two points contradict each other. While an image is a powerful means of learning about the past, it only really offers us one person’s vision; we are only seeing what the artist wants us to see. We all have our own interpretational bias’ based on the individual events in our lives; all of which cause us to view the world differently. This phenomenon of interpretational bias is the reason I don’t feel images should be seen as the most powerful insight to history. I think they are important and can show us a lot, but they are also somewhat narrow in what they show us; we are not necessarily seeing the “whole picture.” 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Flower Beds in the Dresden Garden



This was by far my favorite painting I saw all day. It is oil on canvas piece was created by German artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner c. 1910. What initially drew me to this piece was the vibrant colors and simple lines, it really seemed to pop off the wall and out of the frame. Kirchner's choice to use such vibrant colors for a landscape, as opposed to Earth tones, to me gives this piece an almost mystical feeling, as you don't typically see such vibrant colors in an average landscape.