Indexical Design Symposium
Indexical Design SymposiumSat, Jun 25, 2016 All day event 77 St. Stephens St. Boston, Fenway Center, MA 02115 Free and Open to the Public
Information visualization is concerned with the symbolic languages of charts, maps, and diagrams. Its underlying data are also symbolic representations: the results of processes encoding traces and events. At the same time, traces such as tree rings, fingerprints, or ice core samples are also visualizations that we can directly experience.
The symposium explores the physical trace and its role for making sense of the world. We will investigate the different scientific, aesthetic, and rhetoric techniques for making traces “speak.” In Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiology, indexicality refers to the causal connection between an object and its effects in the real world: dyed bacterial cultures in a petri dish, the chemical signatures of pollutants in the environment, the wear on the pages of a book. Indexicality connects the abstract domain of information with bodily experience.
Like data, traces are often assumed as being “given,” but again, like data, they are constructed through measurement. How we perceive traces is a result of how we frame them. The symposium proposes “Indexical Design” as a new paradigm for data visualization that is specifically relevant for fields that deal with traces, markers, and indices; fields such as microbiology, forensics, or citizen science. Indexical design addresses the difference between data and evidence. We will bring together experts from these and other fields to investigate the physical manifestations of information and discuss the role of design in framing how these traces speak to us.
Presented by Northeastern’s MFA Information Design and Visualization. In partnership with Swissnex & Goethe Institut.
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Simon A. Cole
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PRE-CONFERENCE DATA CUISINE WORKSHOP:
A participatory workshop lead by Susanne Jaschko and Moritz Stefaner
June 23-24, 2015
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June 25th 2016
Location: Northeastern University, Fenway Center
77 St. Stephens St
Panel I: Appearance – the Aesthetics of Indexicality
How are traces produced and what differentiates a trace from a diagram?
Susanne Jaschko & Moritz Stefaner
Fast Panel & Lunch Break
Panel II: Consequence – Evidence, Forensics & Citizen Science
When does a trace count as evidence?
Simon A. Cole
Panel III: Embodiment of Meaning Across Scales
Practices of encoding traces across scales – what gets lost, transformed, preserved?
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77 St. Stephens St. Boston
77 St. Stephens St.
Boston, MA 02115
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