Scot Kildall appears to enjoy analysing networks, to me the mapping of ideas or movement in a continuing theme. Some research on big data has brought about ideas that initially appear science or future systems based.
His current residency is at Impakt based in the Netherlands, which previews and discusses contemporary media culture and innovative audiovisual arts in an interdisciplinary context. His work there is titled Equity Bot, and will add to their online component of their festival this year. Here the concept is to explore how publicly sharing the tools the market traders etc use in their investments would affect the average investor. The algorithms he has developed and is developing have also looked for correlation between public sharing of sentiment (such as with twitter) and fluctuations in various stocks. Whereas Ann-Katrin Krenz has explored aspects of this idea in a largely visual way and distilled it down to a simple visual barometer, Scott Kildalls approach appears to be diving into the complexity of the argument and it seems maintaining the complexity. After reading his blog on his research so far and now I have a link to the Impakt site, it will be interesting to see the final direction of his exploration.
This video displays his love of data and its representation. It was part of the Urban Data Challenge Hackathon (data visualisation) San Francisco. I find this work interesting because at first glance it just looks like a graph on time lapse, but on closer look the ppm scale appears to flex along with the CO and CO2 and I had to question why are they doing this? Is it really posing a question of showing how a problem can be visually condensed to remain pretty but still let us know?
I like his work, what I have seen of it so far. It makes me want to research what he is on about, so to me it is more educational but that may be because I lack knowledge of many of these areas, if I were an insider how would I approach the art? It is interesting for me to think on that, if it is with appreciation then he wins on two fronts.
The Life of Pooh maps the underground flushing systems for sewerage in San Francisco. It also analyses the general water structure of the city. This has an interactive component, which is more useful if you know San Francisco, he also created 3D printed sculptures based on the networks he discovered. I imagine this work to be largely suited to a museum or council site, not that I have anything against pooh but it seems interesting in that context largely due to the limitations of the interface usability on a home pc screen which required scrolling and expanding/compressing to see the map clearly. It is educational, to me the art is implied, a basis is the knowledge of the systems or ideas it represents.
I found his blog very generous in the way it is written because he lets you in on what he is thinking at the moment, including dead ends.
Scott Kildall’s Blog