July 31, 2018

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Emma Brennan

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The Library of Missing Datasets

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In our data-saturated world, it can be easy to forget the spaces where data is missing. Mimi Onuoha, an artist and researcher, examines the implications of data collection and computational categorization in her project The Library of Missing Datasets. She exposes that the lack of data tends to correlate to …

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In our data-saturated world, it can be easy to forget the spaces where data is missing. Mimi Onuoha, an artist and researcher, examines the implications of data collection and computational categorization in her project The Library of Missing Datasets. She exposes that the lack of data tends to correlate to those who are most vulnerable in that context. Onuoha has created “an ongoing physical repository of things that have been excluded in a society where so much is collected.”

Her work uses code, writing, and sculpture to explore missing data and the ways in which people are abstracted, represented, and classified. These mediums are woven together to tell stories about the implications of emerging technologies. Here is an overview of Onuoha’s process and exploration of the concept of missing data sets.

It’s interesting how social media culture has fed into the obsession with personal data and self-monitoring, yet it can be easy to forget about the larger context of where and what data exists. Even if more sensitive or controversial data exists, if no one knows about it then people cannot use it as a tool of agency. The innate bias of algorithms and access of information override our perception and priorities. Onuoh’s project is able to overcome these two limitations by providing a platform that can both expose and present hidden data spaces.

new york branding sports graphic design agency

new york branding sports graphic design agency

new york branding sports graphic design agency