237130 | A2 | W6 | Essay Topic Research

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Dubois, R. Luke. HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20/20. Prints on light boxes. Bitform Gallery, New York.

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Dubois, R. Luke. HINDSIGHT IS ALWAYS 20/20. Prints on light boxes. Bitform Gallery, New York.

Artist R. Luke DuBois’ TED talk was about how he makes portraits of people, places and society made from data. The most intriguing works for me were his eye exam inspired portraits of American presidents made with the words they used most frequently. His portraits of America by state and location based off of key words used in people’s online dating profiles were also very interesting. These works related to my essay as it showed how identities are created through the idea of shared characteristics between people (belonging) and differences (exclusion) creating the idea of the self and ‘the other’. One of the key ideas for me which I found interesting was his warning to be careful in the difference between marking art from data visualisation as opposed to simply reducing people to numbers.

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Dubois, R. Luke. A More Perfect Union. Works on paper. Bitform Gallery, New York.

Reflection: This talk was very interesting to me and I found myself relating the talk back to one I saw by artist Evan Roth at Semi Permanent in 2015. Both artists explore the idea of data, identity and surveillance which are such prevalent issues. DuBois talk provided new ideas and insight into these issues and the themes of representation through data were very interesting.

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