Brooklyn artists Justin Blinder, Brian House, and Jennifer Maravillas present and discuss the inventive ways in which they’ve used the data from Google Maps and other technology as platforms for the creation of their work. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Mapping Brooklyn.
Justin Blinder uses digital technology to creatively analyze public data and give visual form to a range of social issues. He will be discussing his process in developing his work Vacated, currently on view at BRIC House. Can exploring how certain datasets were originally collected help us to re-contextualize the data in new ways, and perhaps see nuances that we might have overlooked otherwise? How can we use visuals, such as Google Street View images, to better understand systemic issues or trends like gentrification?
Brian House is a media artist whose work traverses alternative geographies, experimental music, and a critical data practice. He will walk, bike, and browse his way through recent 'compositions' that utilize Google Maps and will encounter the implications of ambivalent technology along the way.
Jennifer Maravillas is a visual artist and illustrator with broad interests in maps and urban environments. Her epic project 71 Square Miles, on view at BRIC House, is named for the size of Brooklyn itself. To create the 10-foot square map of Brooklyn, Maravillas walked throughout the borough, collecting a piece of paper litter from every block. Utilizing Google Maps as a tool, Maravillas explores cultures and places from both afar and first-hand; gaining perspective on those communities and the land; examining her relationship to these places.
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Mapping BrooklynFeb 26, 2015 • 10:00 AM - May 3, 2015 • 8:00 PM
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