DATA CLOUD / META MAP was produced by ARTetal Studio, a virtual studio whose collaborative projects emerge from a critical territory bounded by concepts of art, design, nature and technology. ARTetal principal Frances Whitehead in collaboration with artist/designer John DeVylder and University of Chicago GIS Specialist, Todd J. Schuble created this project.
The metamap is a data visualization of the entire Chicago Festival of Maps, on view citywide, November 2007 through February 2008. Data from 1215 maps and related map-like artifacts is plotted by the year the map was made, and the location depicted by the map. Information from 27 of the 34 participating Festival Institutions is included in the visualization. The "dataclouds" are geo-specific interpolated surfaces (topographies) produced using the Inverse Distance Weighted interpolation method in ESRI ArcGIS 9.2 software, and were projected using the WGS_1984 Coordinate System and the World Fuller Projection.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, commissioned the work for the exhibition Mapping the Self on view into 2008. The website was designed by ARTetal principal Steve Juras, along with Tamas Kemenczy. Additional support provided by Luke Aleckson.
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