PRINT February 2016


“Data Drift”

Dominikus Baur, Daniel Goddemeyer, Lev Manovich, and Moritz Stefaner, On Broadway, 2014, mixed media. Installation view, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia, 2015.

TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY lives are inescapably defined by the data generated through an endless accumulation of transactions and actions, no matter how minor. Indeed, many denizens of the developed world find themselves enmeshed in a net of information gathering that they have willingly extended to every footstep and heartbeat. Access to data is a basic prerequisite for exploiting this ever-growing electronic treasure trove, but so, too, are techniques for sifting through and merging available information, including strategies for giving it visual form.

This is the scenario addressed by the recent exhibition “Data Drift,” whose curators, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, and Lev Manovich, boldly proclaim: “If painting was the art of the classical era, and photography that of the modern era, data visualization is the medium of our own time.” Smite and Smits are cofounders of RIXC, the Center

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