On May 11, 2015 at 10:15:14 , Bruce Wands ([log in to unmask]) wrote:
To me, scientific visualization is not art unless the elements that compose
the artwork are created with an aesthetic intent. Just because scientific
visualization looks “cool” does not make it art.
I curate a show in December around data visualizations, so this helps me organizing my thoughts. There is something useful in Adorno’s quote "art is saying something without explicitly saying it" (roughly translated from German). It has helped me to draw the line between art and, let’s say, education. A scientific visualization, even with aesthetic intent, may just be educational. I assume this is the case if there is no room for interpretation.
If the aesthetic intent is used to turn a message on its head, leave open spaces, ambiguities, etc, then I feel the work is artistic. An example is the radical geography movement, in that conventional approaches to mapping are turned around for social and political commentary.
All the best, Hans