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Artists give big data a new purpose | Art & Architecture

Jonathan Harris’ 2006 WeFeelFine.org project was perhaps the first big data art experiment to leave a serious dent in the increasingly digitalized public arena. By feeding large sets of data from status updates from around the web to a computer, Harris created real-time visualizations of the collective mood of the Internet, giving big data a wonderfully tangible mien.

The ingenuity and elegance of Harris’ approach opened many people’s eyes to the beauty of big data and paved the way for a whole new upsurge of data-inspired artistic talent.

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