Data is becoming an essential component to the artists’ or designers’ practice. To achieve sense-making of data in art/design practice, the ways of gathering data, comprising data, analyzing data, and presenting data matter. It urges practitioners to divert more attention toward the sense-making of data and the transformation between the data and its visualization. This proposed workshop ‘Data Visualization and Narratives’ is about both data sense-making and makes use of the Processing language and coding environment, and it enables participants to catch up and increase understanding of data and allow participants to (re-)discover their creativity and connect it to data visualization and coding techniques. In this workshop, the participants will create high-quality visuals with self-collected data, online data source, and interactivity that are not only artifacts of making, but also are presentable achievements. The different types of data used in this workshop supports participants in getting successful and achieving results that are closely relevant to different meaning behind. Besides, this workshop is not just about transcending knowledge and expert skills of either data techniques or coding techniques. In this workshop, data is used as an expressive and explorative tool, and also data is playing the role of a storyteller. For our participants, finishing this workshop can help gain new perspectives of what one can achieve with data, code, and narratives.


Dr. Yu Zhang has a background in fine arts and design. Her Ph.D. research investigates the theory and artistic practice of interactive technologies for public, large-scale installations. As a researcher and artist, she approaches visual art with mixed reality installations and projections, sensor-based interactives, and computational arts. In the past five years, Yu Zhang has participated in Arts Residencies and her work has been exhibited at galleries, museums and festivals worldwide. Besides, Yu's teaching experiences cover a broad space including traditional classrooms, workshops and design-led project-based learning activities.