My experience of London tomorrow will be somewhat “virtual,” as I spend a few hours on a layover at Heathrow. For a more artistic reinterpretation of the data that’s bound up with one of the world’s great cities, though, here’s a terrific installation:
LDN24 is a public art installation for the Museum of London. It draws filmic impressions and the facts and figures of London life into a picture of 24 hours in the life of the city.
The Light Surgeons – Production
FIELD – Data Visualisation
more info at field.io/project/ldn24
documentation by Saskia Schmidt, saskiaschmidt.com
The interactive mural recalls the crawl of a stock ticker, but there’s a generative fabric to the whole thing that attempts to build a narrative:
Statistics and statements from the web and a huge database are printed along the LED screen by the second hand of a 24 hours clock. Weather, traffic and news updates, the Thames’ tides, Tube updates and recent fire incidents are pulled live from numerous RSS feeds, Twitter and news portals.
A custom software composes statistics, the film and a generative soundtrack into an immersive audiovisual narrative. Each iteration reveals new connections between film and data, and puts the figures into context with everyday live.
And of course, nice to see a project built as a collaboration between visualists and artists specializing in data visualization. The description of the Field duo reads like a manifesto for how data visualization might become a refined practice of art and design,