– Gateway to the World: Data Visualisation Poetics (2016), María Mencía –
GttW is an exploration of data visualisation poetics by using open data from the maritime database (…). As the vessels move they act as writing tools to reveal a string of text creating calligramatic forms of information pulled from Wikipedia entries about the name of the vessels. The information gathered from these entries generates a remix of text going from presenting factual information about vessels (containers, cargo ships, tankers, high speed crafts) to describing their names connecting them to characters in literary works, plays and mythological stories. The present version was created for the Exhibition Shapeshifting Texts, which took place in Bremen.
About the Author:
Mencía is a media artist, practice-based researcher and teaches at Kingston University, UK. She is an executive member of the Electronic Literature Organization Board of Directors. With backgrounds in English Philology, Fine Art and Design, her doctoral research in Digital Poetics and Digital Art (2000-2003) was one of the first in the field of Electronic Poetry. Her research is at the intersection of language, art and digital technologies. It explores multimodal digital textualities, interactive narratives, poetics of engagement, digital literacies and data visualisation poetics. It is trans-disciplinary, bringing together different cultural, artistic and literary traditions such as: linguistics, translation, fine art, visual, concrete and sound poetry, with digital poetics, digital writing, and new media art theories and practices. Her research is exhibited and presented widely. Her forthcoming publications include Gateway to the World: Data Visualisation Poetics (Sept 2016) in GRAMMA: Journal of Theory and Criticism Digital Literary Production and the Humanities. And she is editing a collection of 27 essays by women working in Electronic Literature #WomenTechLit published by West Virginia University Press. Grants awarded to conduct research at international institutions include: AHRC-RMIT Melbourne, Australia; Kingston Promising Researcher Fellowship-New York University; Honorary Fellow, TIES Grant -Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition, The University of Sydney, Australia.
Programmer: Pascal Auberson.