Laura Kurgan – Seeing Through Data

By in Lectures on March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30 at 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture; Director, Spatial Information Design Lab; GSAPP Columbia University

Abstract: Laura Kurgan will present recent work from Spatial Information Design Lab.  SIDL is known for converting information that is otherwise dormant, invisible, or simply incomprehensible into images and arguments that provide grounds for research, discovery, and action.  She will show a range of projects that are committed to rigorous and reliable work with evidence; to harnessing the most powerful techniques of design and visualization; and to a critical reflection on the limits and ideologies of both data and its representation.


Video: The Talk

Bio: Laura Kurgan is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Visual Studies curriculum, the Spatial Information Design Lab.  She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013).  Her work explores things ranging from digital mapping technologies to the ethics and politics of mapping and the art, science and visualization of big and small data.  Her work has appeared at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Whitney Altria, MACBa Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Museum of Modern Art.  She was the winner of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship in 2009. 



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