Datamasser og sansemiljøer - Om den performative iscenesættelse af big data

  • Ulrik Schmidt Roskilde Universitet


”Data Masses and Sensory Environments” explores a major trend in current digital culture to visualise massive data sets in the form of abstract, dynamic environments. This ‘performative’ staging of big data manifests what we could think of as big data aesthetics proper because it gives the ‘big’ and ‘massive’ properties of big data a direct and perceptible visual expression. Drawing on several recent examples of big data visualisation, the article examines the different manifestations and aesthetic potential of such performative big data aesthetics. It is concluded that the performative ‘massification’ of big data in abstract environments has important implications for our everyday communication with and through data because it potentially generates a conflict between the comprehension of information and a more abstract and defocused ‘ambient’ sensation of being surrounded by a ubiquitous and all-encompassing sensory environment.

Author Biography

Ulrik Schmidt, Roskilde Universitet
Assistant Professor, Performance Design, Roskilde University, Denmark
How to Cite
Schmidt, U. (2016). Datamasser og sansemiljøer - Om den performative iscenesættelse af big data. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 31(59), 26 p.