The Interface is the Message

I just came across this TED talk by Aaron Koblin – artist and now lead on Data Arts at Google Labs. It’s a treat. Koblin whips through his work – from his data visualisation projects which began with Flight Patterns, through his meditations on the human and the crowd using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, to his standout 2010 work with Chris MilkThe Johnny Cash Project  – exploring collaborative creativity, and The Wilderness Downtown – which takes advantage of HTML5 and javascript for personalisation. ( See earlier posts on The Johnny Cash Project and The Wilderness Downtown.) It’s a formidable body of work – playful, critical, moving – and fascinating to hear his account of how his thinking has evolved. Enjoy!