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With Lev Manovich (Author & Prof. CS, CUNY Grad Center).
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM    Cost: Absolutely Free
SVA, 214 E 21st St

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How can we explore patterns in massive amounts of user-generated visual media such as the billions of images & video on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, VK & WeChat? How can we use computer vision, machine learning & artificial intelligence methods to understand trends in content & aesthetics of photography around the world? When we augment our normal vision with computer vision in order to "see" global visual culture at scale, what do we gain & what do we lose? How can computational methods help us to see differently familiar cultural histories?
This workshop will explore such questions using examples of many projects created in Cultural Analytics Lab ( directed by Lev Manovich, including recent workfor New York Public Library, MoMA & Google. The projects discussed include analysisof 2.3 million Instagram images from 13 global cities (, an installation exploring Broadway street in NYC using 30 million data points & images (,exploration of 1 million artworks from thedeviantart.comnetwork for user-generated art,and analysis of image sharing on Twitter using 270 million images shared worldwide during three years ( selected projects by other researchers, designers & artists will be also discussed. As part of the workshop, Manovich will demonstrate computational & visualization techniques used to create such projects including open source software created in Cultural Analytics Lab, & other software such as IBM Watson, Clarafai API, & R programming environment.
Dr. Lev Manovich is one the leading theorists of digital culture worldwide, & a pioneer in application of data science for analysis of contemporary culture. Manovich is the author & editor of 13 books including AI Aesthetics (forthcoming 2018), Theories of Software Culture,Instagram & the Contemporary Image, Data Drift, Software Takes Command, Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database, & The Language of New Media which was described as "the most suggestive & broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan." He was included in the list of25 People Shaping the Future of Design in 2013 & the list of50 Most Interesting People Building the Futurein 2014. Manovich is a Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, & a Director of the Cultural Analytics Labthat pioneered analysis of visual culture using computational methods. The lab created projects for Museum of Modern Art (NYC), New York Public Library, Google & other clients.
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