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      On Data Portraits: An analysis of creative approaches to the visualisation of personal data

      Proceedings of EVA London 2020 (EVA 2020)
      AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
      6th July – 9th July 2020
      Personal data, Data portrait, Data visualisation, Identity, Computational media


            The portrait, as a symbolic representation of personal identity, tends to reflect the social, cultural and technical context in which it is created. At a moment where technological mediation is omnipresent, data portraits appear as forms of portraiture that evocatively represent the identity of individuals based on the visualisation of their personal data, resulting from their daily activities that are digitally registered by technological devices of everyday use. This paper discusses the conceptual and creative possibilities associated with the concept of data portrait, through the description and analysis of artefacts that imply this notion. In order to understand the diversity of these artefacts, we propose a framework for their analysis focused on their concepts, mechanics and on the elements of their experience. In particular, we address their expressive functions, the types of data sources they use and how that data is collected. We then consider the data visualisation processes involved and, finally, describe the resulting sensory manifestations. By focusing on these forms of portraiture, as devised with the aid of computational means, this analysis also reflects on how portraiture can be reconceptualised to become more attuned with our contemporary mode of living immersed in data.


            Author and article information

            July 2020
            July 2020
            : 255-262
            [0001]University of Lisbon, Faculty of Fine Arts, Centro de Investigação e de

            Estudos em Belas-Artes (CIEBA)

            Lisbon, Portugal
            © Sampaio et al. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2020

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            Proceedings of EVA London 2020
            EVA 2020
            6th July – 9th July 2020
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/EVA2020.46
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Identity,Data visualisation,Personal data,Data portrait,Computational media


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