As open data gathers pace we can look to artistic explorations for indications of the trends which may emerge.

The realisation is dawning within Open Data circles that a holistic appreciation of data is needed. Attention to the processes of how ‘open data’ comes to be can be extremely beneficial to making a useful product or service from that data. Nathalie Miebach’s work is pioneering in that respect. We loved her musical weather data sculptures, but the process of her data art’s creation is important to consider too.

Miebach’s woven sculptures question and expand the traditional boundaries through which science data has been visually translated (ex: graphs, diagrams). By staying true to the numbers, these woven pieces function both as sculptures in space as well as instruments that could be used in the actual environment from which the data originates.

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