Gateway to the World, Hamburg : Data Visualisation Poetics

Mencia, Maria [Artist] and Auberson, Pascal [Programmer] (2014) Gateway to the World, Hamburg : Data Visualisation Poetics. SILT. .


This piece was developed specifically for an exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, with one of the largest ports in the world; its name Gateway to the World (GttW) seemed like a great title for the work. The vast and busy port served as a metaphor for the immensity of the Internet, the flow of information and its meaning of openness and outreach to the World Wide Web. GttW is an exploration of data visualisation poetics by using open data from the maritime database to visualise the routes of the vessels arriving to and from the Port of Hamburg. As the vessels move they act as writing tools to reveal a string of text creating calligramatic forms of information pulled from Wikipedia entries about the name of the vessels. The information gathered from these entries generates a remix of text going from presenting factual information about vessels (containers, cargo ships, tankers, high speed crafts) to describing their names connecting them to characters in literary works, plays and mythological stories.

Item Type: Exhibition
Event Title: SILT
Locations and Dates of Event:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Gallery Mytoro, Hamburg, GermanyJune 2014June 2014
Additional Information: Explored in Mencia, Maria (2016) Gateway to the world : data visualisation poetics. GRAMMA : Journal of Theory and Criticism, ISSN (print) 1106-1170 (In Press).
Research Area: Art and design
Communication, cultural and media studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017)
Depositing User: Maria Mencia
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 14:40

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