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Book Launch | Critical Visualization: Rethinking the Representation of Data | Mar 28th

Burdock Brewery
1184 Bloor St W
Toronto ON M6H 1N2


Co-authors Peter A. Hall (University of Arts London) and Patricio Dávila (York University) will be in conversation with scholar Tess Takahashi as part of the Toronto launch of Critical Visualization: Rethinking the Representation of Data (Bloomsbury Press). The book was designed by Chris Lee (Pratt Institute) and includes diagrams from artist Marc Ngui. Further support for this event has been provided by the Public Visualization Lab (https://p-v-l.ca/lab/).

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A second launch event in New York City will take place at Higgins Hall, in conversation with artist Lize Mogel on Friday March 31st. Further details to come.

Book description: “Information may be beautiful, but our decisions about the data we choose to represent and how we represent it are never neutral. This insightful history traces how data visualization accompanied modern technologies of war, colonialism and the management of social issues of poverty, health and crime. Discussion is based around examples of visualization, from the ancient Andean information technology of the quipu to contemporary projects that show the fate of our rubbish and take a participatory approach to visualizing cities. This analysis places visualization in its theoretical and cultural contexts, and provides a critical framework for understanding the history of information design with new directions for contemporary practice.”

Copies of the book can be purchased at: https://www.bloomsbury.com/ca/critical-visualization-9781350077256/