In the Real World

Content is subjective. Content is simply some form of expression that mimics the thoughts and processes desired by its creator. Writing my blog is subjective, but today writing or speaking is no longer our primary method of transmitting a message to another individual. Music is another one of these contents and forms of expressions and it is clear by listening to music it can change your emotion in a heartbeat. Humans are known for mimicking the content they are exposed to. When we watch a sad movie continually using motivated signs, many will cry and when we watch an action film we are at the ends of our seat waiting to bust the bad guy. Vjing is something similar, it is the creation and manipulation of imagery of some form presented within the real time towards the social body.


Initially, visualisation was published in image form, just like how the data itself was presented. The visualisation was static, and if there were changes in the data, it had to be recreated. However, the development of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) including animation allows the visualisation to be presented in a more dynamic way. By using animation, an additional dimension is added to the visualisation, which is time. Initially, time was represented as a timeline or an axis in a chart, such as this article that discusses top income shares in the US. With animation, changes in data can be viewed immediately, which also leads to another discovery of patterns. Last blog’s YouTube video about flight pattern is a great example of how the data changes throughout a period of time. By using animation, we can see which direction the planes are moving and when the traffic becomes busy. By using animation, we are also able to compare data in an interesting way, like this video about wealth distribution in the United States.

Visualisations first occurred in art and image forms. Visualisation was static and as information developed, changed and progressed, visualisations had to be recreated. Development of new technologies like Computer Generate Imagery are allowing information to be portrayed in a more connecting, real and engaging way. CGI effectively incorporates another key dimension that communicates life to a viewer. It is time. As newer dimensions are continually being added to the creation of visualisations it will be interesting to see what will come in the future and to see how information will be portrayed even more aesthetically appealing.

Last year famously the appearance of a dead man on a stage motivated uproar from a concert and the media of the world. The appearance of the famous Tupac Shakur at Coachella 2012 did this in ways that no one had previously imagined, performing multiple hits in front of a hundred thousand people. Visualization is data represented more aesthetically appealing. This week my visualization will be due and I will represent a piece of data possibly utilizing six different dimensions to convey a piece of data more aesthetically appealing. In every year since 1996 Tupac Shakur has been dead. The data, information about his life, his range of poetic, life guiding, touching and also violent songs encoding his controversial death have placed his life story and interesting personality on the Internet. This complicated next level VJing method goes beyond the nominal VJ or DJ mixtures, it complexly encodes data in not just a way that is aesthetically appealing to women (with his top off) but in a way that makes data real, in a real time that converses not just knowledge but experience, memory, authority and what some may deem as fake life, real fake life or what i think of as an augmented reality.

Visualisations have been made to represent data more aesthetically more appealing yet what if this data could be made real where people don’t just witness information or acknowledge the existence of information, it goes beyond the norms of everyday life and changes your life in to something you have never seen before and it becomes real? Before you read on stop for one minute and think about the experiences you have had in your life, any memories that possibly come first. Think about reliving this once again in the real world, would it really be real? All information has a source. The source of my knowledge of Football came from playing 16 years of the game yet viewing a game or a video of when I was younger playing soccer can make me remember but it cannot make me relive the situation. This is my opinion on the aesthetically influencing information that we have already lived through, but what about what we haven’t witnessed and what we don’t know. Are these pieces of information being conveyed through visualization methods, which effectively make them real in the lives of many or is this just the simple mistrust of the human body towards visualization?