DaDa Visualisation


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Inspired by Tristan Tzara’s DaDa poetry, in which the words of a newspaper article are randomly reassembled to create an original poem, DaDa Visualisation is a whimsical interactive artwork producing dynamic generative visualisations based on a catalogue of poems. This paper outlines the work and examines the key issues and ideas to which it responds. It defines data visualisation as a lens that is increasingly applied to all aspects of our lives, and while typically heralded as a revelatory scientific instrument it shows data-vis as a creative cultural form. Fundamentally, DaDa Visualisation is an irreverent celebration of our fascination with data and data graphics but also provides a valuable critical perspective, reminding us that data visualisations are neither benign nor impartial but the product of authorial agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Symposium of Electronic Art
Subtitle of host publicationDisruption
EditorsThecla Schiphorst, Philippe Pasquier
Place of PublicationVancouver, Canada
PublisherInternational Symposium of Electronic Art
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781910172001
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2015 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 14 Aug 201519 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Electronic Art [ISEA2015]
ISSN (Print)2451-8611


Conference21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2015
Abbreviated titleISEA2015
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