….geeking out on Processing workshops, dataviz, and interactive art. Today I am doing two workshops. Expect me to post quick notes this week and reflections afterwards.
This morning: Tuesday / 9:30 — 12:30 / Walker Art Center – Garden Terrace Room
What is the reading of the text, in fact, except the recording of certain thematic reoccurrences, certain insistences of forms and meanings?
In a novel of fifty to a hundred thousand words… I advise you to observe immediately the words that are repeated about twenty times. Look here…
blood, cartridge belt, commander, do, have, immediately, it, life, seen, sentry, shots, spider, teeth, together, you…
Don’t you already have a clear idea what it’s about?
– If on a winter’s night a traveler, Calvino
In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll see how text can operate as a unique substrate for creative exploration. Using selected corners of the NewYork Times’ extensive archive as examples, we’ll explore techniques to parse, analyze, and visualize huge bodies of text. Attendees will learn how simple (and even some not-so-simple) statistical methods can be combined with exploratory visualization strategies to find patterns of language within and between separate texts. More than that, participants will learn how computational methods can reveal the unique character of text.
Attendees will need their own laptop, with Processing 2.0 and Python installed. Participants will receive small thought-provoking assignments, along with instructions for preparation, in the weeks leading up to the workshop.