Week Nine: Real Time Visualisation

This week we further explored visualisation, a discourse which transfers complex data into simplified visuals. In our further exploration we became familiar with more complex data, such as sound waves which are transmitted visually through a form of ‘VJ-ing’. Thus music and sound corresponds with wave formations, providing a textual and visible experience, something which was previously invisible.

This refers to the concept ‘real time visualisation’, which is when a form of data is transmitted into a visual in the immediate time. For example, ‘VJ-ing’ takes music currently being played and converts it into its visual form at the same time, involving a sense of interactivity and immediacy. The form in which in converts itself is called ‘cross signal processing’ in which one signal (or data formation) is turned into another, ultimately changing the platform.

Video: ‘Celebration’, Everydayswiss, 2013, Creative Commons Attribution, <http://vimeo.com/57026994>

These forms of real time visualisation and ‘cross signal processing’ are so important that they are being used in scientific research to further develop theories and our understanding of concepts. An example is the Scientific Visualization Studio of NASA, which utilises data and forms visual maps and imagery to “facilitate scientific inquiry” (SVS 2013). This example exemplifies the importance of conceptualising scientific research through visualisation.

Therefore through this modulation of scientific research, the marketplace of publishing and notions of publics are adjusted. Publishing has evolved to further aid the greater population through the use of easy to understand real time visualisations. Thus it informs our own ideas of the public. I believe the use of these visualisations helps the public feel as though our understanding of these complex issues is important in society. That through our common understanding of these scientific visualisations, we may come to appreciate the technological development of science.



Video: ‘Celebration’, Everydayswiss, 2013, Creative Commons Attribution, <http://vimeo.com/57026994> Accessed 1st of May, 2013.

United States Government (2013), ‘Scientific Visualization Studio’, < http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/> Accessed 1st of May, 2013.

Wired (2012), ‘The 16 Best Visualizations of 2011’, <http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/tag/science-visualization/> Accessed 1st of May, 2013.



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