Data Visualization for Performing Arts & Cinema

  • February 7, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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We're glad to present our first meetup for 2013, which will focus on performing arts/cinema studies and data visualization.

Doug Reside, the Digital Curator for Performing Arts at NYPL, will discuss how to use Google APIs to combine performing arts data online to begin research with provocative data visualizations.  In particular, he will discuss the possibility of using existing databases to process, semi-automatically, new performing arts library collections (such as playbills, theater photographs, etc.). We'll also hear from the renowned digital humanities expert Lev Manovich, who will discuss recent projects at the Software Studies Initiative that visualize games and movies, as well as show us a few other projects on visualizing film patterns, and talk about the already existing body of work by others on the quantitative study of cinema, such as


Doug Reside became the first ever digital curator for the performing arts at New York Public Library in 2011 after serving for four years on the directorial staff of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland in College Park.  He has directed numerous grant projects including Music Theater Online, the Musical of the Month series, the Dorothy Loudon online exhibition, and the upcoming dance video archive which will allow library users to compare multiple versions of the same dance in one web-based interface.  He recently received recognition from the Modern Language Association for his web-based interface for the new variorum edition of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.

Lev Manovich is an author of books on new media theory and a professor in the graduate Computer Science program at City University of New York, Graduate Center. Lev's research and teaching focuses on digital humanities, new media art and theory, and software studies. His best known book is The Language of New Media, which has been widely reviewed and translated into eight languages. Manovich's new book "Software Takes Command" will be published later in 2013 by Bloomsbury Academic.


The NYC Digital Humanities & Performing Arts Meetup Group would like to thank the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts for graciously hosting this event.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    super great! looking forward to more meetups and discussions!

    February 8, 2013

  • Kristin V.

    Fascinating conversation! Thanks, everyone.

    February 8, 2013

  • munire b.

    It was great! A lot of thanks to the speakers and the organizers :)

    February 7, 2013

  • Cynthia T.

    Big thanks to our terrific speakers!

    February 7, 2013

  • Tyler P.

    In case people haven't seen it, here is my favorite Cinema Data Visualization of all time

    February 7, 2013

  • Tyler P.

    Great meetup, much thanks to our host and both our presenters.

    February 7, 2013

  • Tamar Z.

    Sorry, can't make it

    February 7, 2013

  • Caroline O.

    Hi I RSVPed but am now unable to attend. Is it possible to pass my slot to Jaedon Lee (on the waiting list)?

    February 7, 2013

  • hillary m.

    Apologies for this late change, but I've been hit by a horrendous headcold. Regrets, and I hope the event is productive for all!

    February 7, 2013

  • Rob H.

    Regrets - I have class at Pratt that night! I'll be learning Python, so I guess I'll be working towards a similar goal.

    January 21, 2013

  • Nick

    Sorry to miss this! I can't do Thu nights...

    January 13, 2013

  • Dan F.

    Hi, I am a writer and composer creating a musical in which video game characters come to life. It is called 'The Proust Virus.' When eventually performed, it will need a full stage video projection to make possible the interAction between our world and the video world. Is this project relevant to your meetup--is it a good place to look for potential collaborators, or hook up with people interested in such a project? More info on the project on my website,

    January 13, 2013

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