Drew Hemment is presenting an artwork and the opening keynote address at Information in Style, the first data art exhibition and seminar in China.
Information in Style takes place at at CAFA Art Museum in Biejing as part of Beijing Design Week. CAFA Art Museum is one of China’s most prestigious art museums and a part of the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). The exhibition is open till 15 October 2013.
Drew Hemment says “I was delighted to be invited to Beijing to talk and show the emoto artwork at Information in Style. This is the first data art exhibition in China, it is good to see data art and data visualisation given such prominence by CAFA Art Museum, and a great honour to be invited to take part.”
He continues “The Olympics last travelled from Beijing to London – so this is also an opportunity to share with people in China our findings about the online response to London 2012 and the creative development of the emoto artwork.”
In his talk Drew will speak on data art and data visualisation, and is introducing the emoto artwork, which is on display in the exhibition.
On data art and interface design, Drew said “We are seeing huge volumes of data generated everywhere from scientific research to government and social media. We need new ways to make sense of and visualise all this data. Designers and artists are developing new visualisation and interface design techniques and creating entirely new artistic forms.”
Curator of the Information in Style exhibition, Cedar Zhou, said “We are delighted Drew could accept our invitation to give the opening keynote and to present the emoto artwork. Previously in China there have been technical exhibitions on data science and visualisation, but this is the first exhibition and event in China on data art and data visualisation, looking at the topic of ‘big data’ in relation to art and culture.”
The emoto data art project captured and visualised the online response to London 2012 in an interactive visualisation and physical data sculpture and was premiered as a part of London 2012 Festival. emoto was a FutureEverything project created for the London 2012 Festival by Moritz Stefaner, Drew Hemment and StudioNAND. StudioNAND have also been invited to run a workshop on data visualisation as a part of Information in Style.
Information in Style runs from 20 September till 15 October 2013. It is supported by Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing Design Week and British Council.
CAFA Art Museum anticipate 30,000 people will visit the Information in Style exhibition. Major exhibitions on Beuys and Warhol are also currently on display at CAFA Art Museum.
Drew Hemment is founder and CEO of FutureEverything, and also a Dundee Fellow, Reader at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.
Information on Drew Hemment’s participation in Information in Style is here.
A feature in Art China is here.
More information on emoto is available on the AHRC website.