Data encompasses almost every aspect of our lives. The structure of information varies from a synapse that permits a neuron to relay an electrical signal to fiber optic cables on the ocean’s floors. Perception is skewed and altered through intention and thought.
While updating my computer, I started to visualize how data is compressed, stored, and recovered. This routine process highlights how function is necessary yet annoying. Data cubes offer insight and inspiration.
According to Techopedia: “A data cube refers is a three-dimensional (3D) (or higher) range of values that are generally used to explain the time sequence of an image’s data. It is a data abstraction to evaluate aggregated data from a variety of viewpoints. It is also useful for imaging spectroscopy as a spectrally-resolved image is depicted as a 3-D volume.
A data cube can also be described as the multidimensional extensions of two-dimensional tables. It can be viewed as a collection of identical 2-D tables stacked upon one another. Data cubes are used to represent data that is too complex to be described by a table of columns and rows. As such, data cubes can go far beyond 3-D to include many more dimensions.”
My interest grew to incorporating real-time movement to data cubes. Working patiently on a laptop, I started with one simple image. 1,782 digital stills later, the CUBE video was born. In art and life, movement is part of an orchestrated data sequence.
CUBE description: My art practice investigates symbols of influence and power that impact perception. Human behavior adapts and depends on a digital process. A data cube represents a one, two, three, or higher dimensional array of values in computer programming. Cube cells store interests or facts by creating distinct computer languages. CUBE mimics the management, retrieval, and manipulation of information. The artwork stretches and converts data bypassing traditional language and aesthetics.
Overall, the goal is to reconcile human behavior with an adaptable digital process. Various network hubs connect manmade and natural environments. From data cubes to digital footprints, our DNA has changed.