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Indexicality and visualization: exploring analogies with art, cinema and photography

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Schofield, Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson


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In this paper we offer a critical discussion of data visualization by adapting theories of indexicality as discussed in semiotics and art history. An indexical statement is broadly one whose meaning is dependent on context. We examine how indexicality has informed practices in cinema, photography, and contemporary art and make comparisons with data visualization. Specifically, we explore how these analogies can result in generative concepts that can inform the design and study of data visualization.

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Author(s): Schofield T, Dörk M, Dade-Robertson M

Editor(s): Ellen Yi-Luen Do Georgia Tech Steven Dow Carnegie Mellon University Jack Ox University of New Mexico Steve Smith Texas A&M Kazushi Nishimoto JAIST, Japan Chek Tien Tan UTS, Sydney

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 9th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 175-184

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2466627.2466641

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Series Title: Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition

ISBN: 9781450321501