Case Studies

NSF EPSCoR + RISD

art + science

In a Fall 2011 NSF EPSCoR Studio led by Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies Shawn Greenlee and Digital + Media Critic Kurt Ralske, RISD students focused on the creation of screen-based, experimental data visualization that addressed gene expression in oysters responding to attacks from viruses or other parasites. Working in collaboration with scientist-in-residence Marta Gomez-Chiarri, students created interactive mapping programs that facilitated new experiences of multi-dimensional information.

Throughout the semester, the perspectives of artist, designer, and scientist received equal consideration, which enabled Gomez-Chiarri to make valuable contributions in student design critiques. At the conclusion of the Experimental Data Visualization Studio, students created dynamic visualizations from databases and Internet streams that responded to user input or to changes in the data over time.

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057 and the State of Rhode Island.

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