Aaron Koblin: Data for Storytelling and Art

April 10, 2013 4:30 PM–6:00 PM

Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA-111

Aaron Koblin, renowned new-media artist and Director of the Data Arts Team at Google’s Creative Lab, will present a lecture at the CMU College of Fine Arts on Wednesday, April 10. The lecture begins at 4:30pm in the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (CFA-111). This lecture is free and open to the public.

In this talk Aaron will explain many of his projects over the last several years, from collaborative drawing projects like The Sheep Market, 10,000 Cents and This Exquisite Forest, to interactive music projects like The Wilderness Downtown with Arcade Fire, House Of Cards with Radiohead, and the Johnny Cash Project. Aaron will talk about his work at Google, and show some earlier projects in data visualization, followed by a Q&A.

Speaker Bio
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies. Aaron’s work takes real-world and community generated data and uses it to reflect on cultural trends and the changing relationship between humans and the systems they create. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His projects have been shown at international festivals including TED, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, and the Japan Media Arts Festival. He received the National Science Foundation’s first place award for science visualization and two of his music video collaborations have been Grammy nominated. He received his MFA in Design|Media Arts from UCLA. In 2010 Aaron was the Abramowitz Artist in Residence at MIT and he leads the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab.


Hosts: Steven Dow (HCII) and Golan Levin (STUDIO for Creative Inquiry)