Visualizing Big Data Through Humanities

April 10, 2016

Method Without Methodology: Data and the Digital Humanities

E-Flux, 4.16
Selfiecity is an interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavor between Lev Manovich, the new media theorist, historian, and director of the Software Studies Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a team of university-affiliated and independent researchers from fields as disparate as computer science and art history. The researchers created their data set by selecting selfies generated by Instagram users in five cities across the globe-Bangkok, Berlin, Moscow, New York, and São Paulo-with 640 selfies from each. (A recent installation of the project this winter added a sixth city, London, to the mix.)