[ISEA2022] Artists Statement: Dario Rodighiero, Elian Carsenat, Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Jules Döring, Michaela Fragner, Stepha Farkahaszy & Oliver Elias — Visually reading the pandemic: Translating an Open Access Archive into an immersive interactive Artwork

Artists Statement 

Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 10, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Artists Talk.

Keywords: COVID19, visualization, immersive artwork, 3D Installation, Deep Space

The authors developed two pre-conceptioptions of 2D visual artworks based upon open data of a COVID19-related open access archive, namely the “COVID19 cartography” on the one hand, and the “Chinese Sea” on the other. This resulted in an immersive, 3D production launched at Deep Space at Ars Electronica in 2021

The presented artwork is a cross-organisational, cross-sectoral, transatlantic collaboration between the art:scientists Dario Rordrighiero and Eveline Wandl-Vogt, the social entrepreneur Elian Carsenat and Ars Electronica Solutions as well as Garmantis. During the first year of the pandemic, the authors developed two pre-conceptioptions of 2D visual artworks based upon open data of a COVID19 related open access archive, namely the “COVID19 cartography” on the one hand, and the “Chinese Sea” on the other. During 2021 and funded by DARIAH.EU, the team scaled up and created an immersive, 3D production for Deep Space at Ars Electronica, launched at Ars Electronica Festival 2021. The artwork is not just a unique piece of art, it invites the participant to experience knowledge created at the moments of exploration in a playful approach. In their presentation the authors will refer as well to the guiding questions related to the innovation and implementation process, workflows, funding, scaling up and how the applied methods and technologies may be meaningful and applicable for other archives.

  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt (AT) is a thinker and maker, knowledge designer, creative experimentalist and innovator. Against a background of Art Driven Innovation, Humanity Centered Design and Open Innovation, she is facilitating Social Innovation for the purpose of good, contributing to invent inclusive, sustainable. responsible futures. Eveline is foundress and orchestra of exploration space (at) ÖAW and foundress and Director of Ars Electronica Research Institute “knowledge for humanity”. She is affiliated to metaLab (at) Harvard, and is ambassador for “knowledge for humanity” of the Republic of Uzupis. Eveline is part of the scientific committee of uncopied.art. https://www.oeaw.ac.at/acdh/team/current-team/eveline-wandl-vogt
  • Elian Carsenat (FR) is a computer scientist trained at ENSIIE/INRIA, started his career at JP Morgan in Paris in 1997. He later worked as consultant and managed business & IT projects in London, Paris, Moscow and Shanghai. In 2012, Elian created NamSor, a piece of sociolinguistics software to mine the ‘Big Data’ and better understand international flows of money, ideas and people. NamSor helps answer the perennial question all countries ask about their diasporas – who are they, where are they and what are they doing. In 2020, NamSor is building new APIs to estimate risk for gender, racial or ethnic biases in applying machine learning or other artificial intelligence to decision making that affects People’s lives. Elian is founder and CEO of uncopied.art.
  • Dario Rodighiero works at Harvard University (USA). He is affiliated at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a postdoc of the Metalab. His capacity at the intersection of visual studies, data science, and digital humanities makes him comfortable in multiple disciplines. With Metis Press, he published in 2021 Mapping Affinities. https://dariorodighiero.com