Site specific project based on data analytics with a personal and at the same time post-representative and very analog expression.

Data visualisation with intarsia
The work series TOK3N uses the ancient decorating technique of wood inlays as an anachronistic material for the visualisation of data. Found, among others, on cedar wood coffins in Egypt, intarsia were already used in the third millennium BCE. Thanks to their long-term durability, they provide a dynamic contrast to the everyday fleetingness of digital data. A TOK3N with a geographical map that charts all the trees of a city, for instance, preserves the data of the respective tree register at a certain point in time. The physical representation of data in the form of a wooden object turns into a snapshot with new references and points of contact. The dataset, which normally serves administrative and scientific research purposes, is placed into cultural contexts as a piece of art. In the example of the tree register, associations with references to a new form of landscape painting could be made.

TOK3N App
Each TOK3N is linked to the corresponding website, where the background information on the respective dataset can be retrieved. The visualisation of data reproduced on the intarsia can be experienced interactively on the respective website.

Concept
Data increasingly shapes our social being, our economic contexts, and our environment, all the while remaining virtually invisible. Difficult to access for most people, its operations are concealed. The series of works TOK3N engages this contradiction by making data visible in real space as real objects. What emerges are place-bound objects, based on data analysis, that, as wooden intarsia, find their respective individual artistic expression. The crafts of programming and wood-working complement each other in this process. At the centre of this is the conceptual connection between dataset and place reference.

 

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Wooden intarsia inlays and App, 2018
Based on Javascript and p5*js