Both David Cameron and Ed Miliband recently released their ‘New Year’s messages’ full of platitude and hollow promise. I could see little to discern them, (though Cameron’s straight to camera style lends itself more to audiovisual abuse), and though I’ve covered the interchangeability of contemporary politicians before, I still wanted to see their words tumble […]
The recording artist Kanye West is a fascinating juxtaposition of signifiers which could only come together at this point in time. He is also widely acknowledged as being, at times, a terrible lyricist. I wondered what the machine mind of the internet would make of them. And I know she like chocolate men I have […]
Last week it was revealed that The Conservative Party have attempted to erase their historical speeches from the internet. Understandably, this has caused much scorn, prompting a Streisand effect of drawing more attention to this misdeed. But the internet never forgets, and the speeches are still available, if you know where to look. Whilst the […]
Taking another look at the Tate Data, the most interesting categories, for me, are the more subjective ones, the categories which feel like they’re furthest along the ‘I need a human to make this judgement’ axis. This dataset goes beyond simple ‘fact based’ descriptions, which means it contains a whole lot more humanity than most […]
Another experiment with the Tate Collection big data. I’m still working on how best to navigate the huge collection, so I thought it might be nice if Nicholas Serota himself (or at least an automated version of him) could show you around. Click the image below to start your personalised tour of the Tate Collection.