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An explosion of data! From selfies to Twitter feeds, artists interpret the ‘Big Bang’ of information in the internet age

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From emails and Google searches to dating profiles, tweets and selfies, we’re producing vast quantities of information online. Now this ‘Big Bang’ of data has been interpreted by artists in a new exhibition. Their works include projections of tweets and interactive maps, to a black matter exhibit that bears some resemblance to a hovering flying saucer, but actually shows stock market movements as if they are constellations or galaxies. The data used for the projects comes from research centres as well as the public – even exhibition visitors themselves. In 2002, digital technology surpassed demand for analogue systems, and within one year in 2009, we produced the same quantity of data as in the entire history of humanity up to that point. Pieces of art on display seek to make viewers question their relationship with data and explore the meaning and implications of data for our future.

An explosion of data! From selfies to Twitter feeds, artists interpret the 'Big Bang' of information in the internet age
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