Data Ecologies: Relational Strategies for Communicating Complexity in Media Artworks

ac.person.orcid 0000-0003-1100-2733
ac.person.position HDR Student
ac.person.position Staff
ac.person.position Staff
dc.contributor.advisor Harley, Ross
dc.contributor.advisor Munster, Anna Waterson, Sarah 2022-02-21T04:44:00Z 2022-02-21T04:44:00Z 2021
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues that in order to understand contemporary media artworks that use and address data, we need to develop what I term a ‘relational understanding’ of data. This can be achieved by challenging common assumptions of data as somehow being ‘pure’, ‘raw’, or taken as a given. For this thesis, data is not considered as a pre-existing instantiated object (as is the case in object-oriented programming for instance). Instead, I consider the complex and relational nature of data—both as it emerges from human systems, and as it produces those systems. Through a creative-practice-as-research approach, this thesis moves beyond the idea that there is such a thing as “raw” data, and advances the novel idea of “data as ecology”. This thesis articulates the complex network of relations that make, shape and create media artworks. At its core, this involves exploring the materiality of data. In order to better understand this, I analyse the processes that bring data into existence, and conduct an investigation into the more precise nature of the interconnections that the world of data both creates and puts into action. In this thesis, ecologies of both practice and media are explored in order to propose a working model of “data ecologies”. This is established by means of a number of original interactive, reactive, and generative new-media works that have been made and exhibited during the course of this investigation. I consider this original creative practice within the broader field of investigation and against the backdrop of a wider body of creative works that have been made by artists over the past decade. To advance this analysis of how data ecologies perform across these clearly delineated fields, I review and assess a number of key media artworks (including my own original creative practice components made during the course of this research, specifically, Laika’s Dérive and Hothouse). The data ecologies that this thesis outlines and analyses enable a new productive approach for media art practices to attend to the processual quality of data in a novel ecological framework that can be used to communicate complex poetic knowledge systems.
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher UNSW, Sydney
dc.rights CC BY 4.0
dc.subject.other data
dc.subject.other mapping
dc.subject.other ecosophy
dc.subject.other visualisation
dc.subject.other practice-led-research
dc.subject.other new media
dc.subject.other data natures
dc.subject.other data Aesthetics
dc.subject.other relational aesthetics
dc.subject.other Ecologies of practice
dc.subject.other feminism
dc.subject.other Media Archeology
dc.title Data Ecologies: Relational Strategies for Communicating Complexity in Media Artworks
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.accessRights open access
dcterms.rightsHolder Waterson, Sarah
dspace.entity.type Publication
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture School of Art and Design School of Art and Design
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 470107 Media studies
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 470102 Communication technology and digital media studies
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 360504 Interactive media
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 460899 Human-centred computing not elsewhere classified
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 470214 Screen and media culture
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 360503 Digital and electronic media art
unsw.thesis.degreetype PhD Doctorate
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