Data stones


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Data Stones explores the overlap of Chinese and European philosophies offered by data visualisation. A database of every message sent between two people, accumulated through the regular internet usage is transformed into a computer generated rock. These stones are produced procedurally from the mundane dialogue accumulated by the everyday use of instant messaging. I download thousands of messages sent between two people and sort them according to length, date and content (using Latent Dirichlet Allocation). These various means of processing extract patterns and sentiments in what never had any intrinsic order. The stone is treated like a graph, where the statistical patterns my sentiments determines its shape, and becomes an object for contemplation and speculation. Data Stones relying on the logic that if a system encoded a stone, then it can always theoretically be decoded. In contemplating these stones, we hope to crystallise our thoughts, and finds ourselves, staring back.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMM 2019 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368896
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2019
Event27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2019 - Nice, France
Duration: 21 Oct 201925 Oct 2019 (Link to conference proceedings)

Publication series

NameMM 2019 - Proceedings of the 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia


Conference27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2019
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Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Media Technology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Data visualisation
  • Procedural generation
  • Taoism


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