Why TV needs data artists, not data scientists

Taken on its own, data isn’t a silver bullet, writes Genius Digital’s Giles Cottle – it takes a special type of artist to truly make it work I loved Dominic Mills’ article about artists and data, and the London exhibition that inspired it. I particularly loved the decidedly analogue take on big data that Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec’s hand-drawn postcard data visualisations provided. And it’s hard to disagree with Jonathan Harris’ “Data Will Help Us” – a manifesto of, as he puts it, the “promises and perils of big data”, that closes the show. In fact, I found myself agreeing with almost all of Mills’ points which, given the article’s title – Artists vs data…and art wins – and my line of work, may seem counter-intuitive. But we think…


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