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Jer Thorp: Making big data human


Jer Thorp Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. He is this semester's Distinguished Innovator in Residence. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture.


Thursday, March 20, 2014
Graduate Life Center Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Jer Thorp's work focuses on adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data as a way to help people take control of the information that surrounds them. He will speak about how he uses software-based art to bring big data sets to life.

Jer Thorp is the former data artist in residence at The New York Times. His software-based art has been featured all over the world. His art brings big data sets to life, combining state-of-the-art science with a natural interest in the human condition. His 'Cascade' project at The New York Times visualizes the sharing of content through social media, offering tremendous insight into the way we use digital networks to share, influence, and connect with others. He was also a major contributor to the 9/11 memorial project in New York City, where he wrote a program that organized the names of victims not by alphabetical order, but by relationship-putting coworkers next to coworkers, and brothers next to brothers. Originally from Vancouver, he lives in New York City, where, along with his work at The New York Times, he teaches in NYU's ITP program. To investigate the entailments of Big Data, Thorp helped launch The Office for Creative Research with his peers.

Distinguished Innovator in Residence


The Distinguished Innovator in Residence program is a partnership between Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) and the University Libraries. Additional support provided by the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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