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  • Writer's pictureJohn Bell

Brave Work: Data, Stories & Creativity from Domestic Data Streamers



  • Who gets to decide what violence is? An experience that challenges our understanding of what violence actually looks like (and feels like) today. (730 Hours of Violence)


  • Can AI be used to create ‘synthetic memories’ that help people without (refugees, aging)? Experimentation with Generative AI captures stories from people who have no photographic artifacts to tell the stories of their lives and gives them a way to see, feel, share, and remember. (Synthetic Memories)

 



  • When “every second sees 6,000 new tweets, 740,741 WhatsApp messages sent and 694 Instagram posts published,” have we lost our capacity to concentrate and act? Data Heartbreak lets us experience an overload of ‘infoxification’ in a shared experience that we contribute to via What’s App. (Data Heartbreak)

 

Inspiring Work from Creative Technologists

These are just three examples of the inspiring and brave work from Domestic Data Streamers originally anchored in Barcelona but now expanding across the globe.  They use data, technology, and storytelling in very creative ways to help make sense of data in relation to issues like violence, climate change, inequality, and the most pressing issues of our time.

 

Often their work can be found in museums or other public venues. The Rhythm of Violence, “A soundscape to comprehend the scale of violence" appeared at the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) in an exhibition exploring the legacy of Marquis de Sade's writings on contemporary society.” Not your usual museum show.

 

More than trying to shock or reveal tragedy or injustice, the work seems born from a kind of ethos described in their Data Heartbreak project:

 

“When thinking about the future it's as important to dream and push for affirmative approaches, as it is to be critical of the hard realities that can affect our future in a negative sense. The future we want to live in relies entirely on the steps that we take today to shape it.”

 

Their team reflects the POVs and skills from design, engineering, journalism, architecture, social science, and more, and that multidisciplinary approach is as much a source of their creativity and innovation as their facility with data.

 

Browse through their agency work for clients, including Oxfam, UNICEF, the Pediatric Cancer Centre Barcelona, and Departament d'igualtat I Feminismes - Generalitat de Catalunya.  

 

It's inspiring, brave, and refreshing to see the polygamous marriage of creativity, technology, data, and citizenry. Oh, and they're pretty awesome at creating case videos.






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