ARS Research Colloquium: Ruth West, University of North Texas, Mutidimensional Data Spaces to Personal Data Streams: Art-Science and Data Driven Experiences

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: ATEC 1.606

ARS Research Colloquia Series of the UT Dallas ATEC/EMAC Programs

Art Rendevous Science


Multidimensional Data Spaces to Personal Data Streams:

Art-Science and Data Driven Experiences


Ruth West

Associate Professor

University of North Texas

Director, xREZ Lab


[email protected]

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Noon

ATEC Conference Room, ATC 1.606


Whether generated by terrestrial observatories, automated genomic sequencing, social media, high-resolution sub-cellular imaging, surveillance video, financial transactions, or the emerging “quantified self” movement “big data,” is here to stay. The richness of these massive repositories is such that we can generate an enormous amount of interpretations to address human concerns spanning the personal to the global over an equally wide range of disciplines. Yet the abstraction of nature and culture into vast and abstract data present challenges for the articulation and representation of linkages between the invisible and the visible – the immaterial scale of digital artifacts and the physical scales and dynamic states they represent. We face a crisis of representation. In this talk I’ll discuss some work interrogating these challenges within cross-disciplinary collaborations to create new kinds of engagement, insight, and cultural forms through hybrid research that blurs boundaries between disciplines in purposeful and productive ways.


Ruth is an artist-researcher with a background in new media, molecular genetics, information aesthetics, scientific visualization, virtual / immersive environments, augmented reality, psychology, neuroscience, healthcare, fine arts, design, and participatory mobile and social technologies. She envisions a future in which art-science integration allows us to open new portals of imagination, knowledge and communication across cultures and create solutions for our most pressing global problems. As associate professor and director of the xREZ lab at University of North Texas she holds joint appointments in the College of Information (Library and Information Sciences), College of Visual Arts and Design (New Media), College of Arts and Sciences (Biological Sciences) and iARTA, UNT’s Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts. Ruth's work has been presented or featured in the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, UCLA Fowler Museum, CAA, Ingenuity Festival Cleveland, FILE 09 Sao Paulo, IEEE VR, Mobisys, SPIE, IEEE ICIP, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Genomics, Leonardo, LEA, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, NPR's The Connection, NY Times, Genome News Network, AMINIMA and Artweek.

Note:  Limited number of box lunches will be available.


The ATEC/EMAC Colloquium Committee welcomes suggestions for speakers visiting the metroplex or from the metroplex. Please send your suggestions to one of the Colloquium Committee Members: Professors Roger Malina and Mihai Nadin; co-chairs: Andrew Famiglietti, Paul Fishwick, Mona Kasra and Bonnie Pitman.


For more information contact:
Charlotte Mason
[email protected]

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