Symposium: Data materialisation

Keynote by David Bihanic (org. by Romain Lacroix, DDC)
With the participation of: Caroline Goulard (DATAVEYES), Stéphane Buellet (CHEVALVERT) and Martial Geoffre-Rouland

November 6, 2019, from 7PM to 8:30PM, Petite salle of the Centre Pompidou

Data now flow in such proportions and haste that it would become almost impossible, or at least very difficult, to make its clear, rather ‘totalizing’ representation, if not synthetic — even when it is apprehended selectively, by subject or area of interest. However, as massive, profuse or finely detailed, data are part of a “measurement” or an almost exhaustive measurement of the various events and phenomenon of the world, from which models, schematics and supposedly enlightening figures are produced every day.

Unfortunately, despite long-standing efforts to produce data images (in the broad sense) that expose, report and inform, it must be said that data, as a substance, a matter-material, still largely escapes our sensitive and experiential reality.

To overcome this difficulty or else identify possible leads encouraging a phenomenal (re)inscription of data, some artists, designers and engineers are engaged in so-called materialization, data commodification, either creative commodification or physical, tangible transliteration: from data to the object (formation, conformation, deformation, transformation, etc.).

On November 6th 2019, thanks to Romain Lacroix, several speakers will join me: Caroline Goulard, director and co-founder of the Dataveyes office, Stéphane Buellet, designer and co-founder of the Chevalvert studio and Martial Geoffre-Rouland, digital designer-artist. We will all reflect on our respective projects and experiments in physicalization, sonification or even data luminification.

David Bihanic, designer, teacher-researcher (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs — ensadLab/Reflective Interaction).