Art has undergone a significant change in the last century. Dyson’s bagless vacuum cleaner, for example, was installed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996, only 23 years after the death of Picasso. Now, 16 years later, even lines of code are seen as art.
A recent exhibition in Munich, Big Data Art 2013, was devoted to showcasing this next generation of art. It’s no surprise that in a world where big data is being used by social networks, retail stores and shh, surveillance agencies, a number of artists chose to portray a political message through their work. After all, something that often accompanies big data is privacy concerns.