Special Events

A Day with Jer Thorp

Jer Thorp is an artist, writer, and teacher best known for designing the algorithm to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan. Jer was the New York Times' first Data Artist in Residence, is a National Geographic Explorer, and in 2017 and 2018 served as the Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress.

Jer Thorp | Official website, TED Talk, Twitter, Wikipedia

Taking Visualization Offscreen: Data in Public Space
A Workshop with Jer Thorp

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 3 pm
Ahmanson Lab | Leavey Library LVL 301

Reservations required.
USC Students: RSVP

In this workshop, participants will explore examples of data art in public spaces as well as community-focused methods for engagement with data. Using a Los Angeles-based dataset, students will work in groups to prototype a project that presents information in the real world. This workshop will focus on the multi-disciplinary opportunities that arrive when data is put into public space, offering collaborative opportunities for students of information & computer science, design, art, architecture, and performance.

Making Data More Human
Lecture + Reception

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7 pm (Reception to follow)
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 21, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

From graphing an entire year’s news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles online, to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, the cutting-edge visualizations of data artist Jer Thorp help us learn about the ways we use digital technologies, become more empathetic in the data age, and, ultimately, tell the story of our lives. How can understanding the human side of data lead to innovation and change? What value is there in new and interactive approaches to data visualization? And what are the business applications of creative data-focused research? In a talk interweaved with beautiful and moving data-visualization projects, Thorp, the current Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress, will illuminate how adding meaning and narrative to data can help people take control of the information that surrounds them, and transform the way we use data.

 


Dreaming with Eyes Open: The Art, Histories, Philosophies, and Practices of Virtual Reality

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 3 pm to 8 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, October 16, at 9 a.m.

USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

With panels, discussions, and demonstrations, Dreaming with Eyes Open will bring together leading Virtual Reality (VR) artists, philosophers, theorists, and technologists to explore the revolutionary implications of this rich, immersive medium. Hear from Academy Award–winning visual effects artist Kevin Mack of Shape Space; groundbreaking artist Asad J. Malik, whose 1RIC Studio focuses on telling the stories of culturally underrepresented voices through augmented reality; Janet H. Murray, author of Hamlet on the Holodeck; Amelia Winger-Bearskin, who is co-directing a 360 video story about Native American monsters; USC Dornsife philosophy professor Kadri Vihvelin; and UC Irvine professor of cognitive science Donald Hoffman, who wrote the provocative and widely circulated article “The Case Against Reality.”

Schedule of Events:
2:30 p.m.: Registration and coffee
3 to 5 p.m.: Panel and Q&A with Kevin Mack, Asad J. Malik, and Paisley Smith
5 to 6 p.m.: Workshop/demonstration
6 to 8 p.m.: Panel and Q&A with Janet H. Murray, Kadri Vihvelin,  Donald Hoffman, and Amelia Winger-Bearskin