“SENSING DATA” is an audio-visual installation and experimental approach questioning the ubiquity of data and the resulting lack of its emotional and sensual impact. It is about how to deal with the overflow of data in our society and how to use its potential in time and space rather than limiting it by its quantified properties.
In my thesis, I explored an embodied communication of data and aimed for innovative methods to change perceptions. The project is based on my my two theoretical research works “The emotional experience of audiovisual created data” and “Sonification and installation – the potentials of data in space” (2019).
The project is the outcome of my bachelor thesis at Köln International School of Design, in which I explored the embodiment of data and aimed for alternative methods to change our awareness. The topic of “climate change” and its projections within the next 100 years might feel detached from our daily life but nevertheless will have a huge impact on our environment. I reinterpreted data provided by amongst others the DKRZ, IPCC, which projects representative scenarios concerning topics such as the development of the anthropogenic CO2-Emissions or the Earth’s surface temperature.
In an analogue and reduced style, I designed a concept to align data in an embodied context to evoke synesthetic impulses and tensions. I chose the topic of climate change within the next 100 years, which feels detached from our daily life, but nevertheless will have a huge impact on our environment. It is very complicated to convey its importance, so it can be referred to Morton’s term of a “hyperobject” to describe dimensions that exceed the human relations (Timothy Morton, 2013).
I interpreted data provided amongst others by the IPCC, which project scenarios concerning topics such as the
development of the anthropogenic CO2-Emissions and used the human body as a medium to create a sensual experience
and elicit empathy. To achieve this, I filmed parts of the human body as a viewer’s extension and elements that affect it, such as water or light, to create a haptic visualization and associations. At the same time, these elements were precisely mapped by data.
So, the analyzed data was converted into a new physical currency, e.g. meters of the sea level rise became centimeters
within an aquarium, heat measured in Grad Celsius became the intensity of light, experienced by a palm of the hand or an iris.
Data and humans are drifting apart and this work aims to bring them together.