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This month we're going to get a little geekier than usual and explore the topic of data mining and visualization. Data is information and information is power, the trick is knowing how to manipulate it to generate helpful insights, or in the case of many artists, beautiful visualizations that teach us something about ourselves.
Join us for an evening of presentations followed by informal networking. We'll be hearing from some amazing minds on the practical and artistic possibilities of data.
7:00pm - Doors
7:15pm - Presentations begin
8:15pm - Informal networking
Alexis Lloyd is a Creative Technologist in the Research and Development Lab at The New York Times, where she investigates technology trends and prototypes future interfaces for content delivery. She has over 12 years experience as a multimedia and interaction designer, and has designed award-winning projects for clients such as FOX, Columbia University, American Express, The New York Historical Society, PBS, and others. In addition, her data-driven new media artwork has been shown internationally, in such venues as SIGGRAPH, the Chelsea Art Museum, Artgadgets (Netherlands), MAD Emergent Arts Center (Netherlands), the Melvin Art Gallery, and Symphony Space. http://www.alexislloyd.com/
Jonathan Cousins a designer and programmer specializing in the creation of information visualizations and user interfaces. Although he focuses primarily on social network analysis, global migration and the promotion of government transparency, his design practice extends to other kinds of commercial, philosophical and artistic enterprises. His efforts on projects have been presented at various conferences such as ETech, Where2.0, SIGGRAPH Asia and the Lightwave Festival in Dublin.
Alex Mann is an entrepreneur and writer based in New York City. He is the currently the director of Trendrr, a business intelligence platform for social media. Previously, he was the founder of AM Analytics which integrated with Trendrr in January 2010. His work history includes founding startups in the online dining and travel management sectors, assisting a New York Times columnist with web strategy and working at Goldman Sachs where he specialized in portfolio management and derivatives. His writing on data analytics has been cited and appeared in various sources, including Mashable and Hypebot. Alex graduated with honors from The Pennsylvania State University where he studied finance and engineering entrepreneurship.
Piotr Adamczyk has been exploring the possibilities for exchange between practices in the sciences and evaluation techniques from the arts. With a background in Mathematics and Computer Science, Piotr holds graduate degrees in Human Factors and Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His recent work is focused on the use of open/linked data in cultural heritage institutions. Based in New York City, Piotr currently holds an analyst position with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ben Rubin is a media artist based in New York City. He completed two major public artworks in 2006: "San Jose Semaphore" for the city of San Jose, California, and "Four Stories" for the Minneapolis Public Library. Mr. Rubin's work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the Skirball Center in Los Angeles (in a show organized by the Getty Museum), the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the San Jose Museum of Art.
This meetup is made possible by Edelman (http://www.edelman.com/), Harvestworks (http://www.harvestworks.org/) digital media arts center, The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/) and, of course, you guys!
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