Vedaaranya Heritage Arts and Healing Festival 2016

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Mary Bates Neubauer

School of Art
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, 85287-1505 U.S.A.

Real-time and Networked Visual Displays

In a world that has become vastly more complicated, multi-layered information systems have an increasingly compelling impact. Access to complex, interactive data is necessary to informed thought and global action. Utilizing computer modeling, aesthetically-driven prototypes for displaying numerical data provide fresh viewpoints, promoting deeper awareness of living institutions and developing trends. Visually compelling information lends clarity to the grand cycles of nature and human creativity, while revealing intimate perspectives on daily life.

This versatile project emphasizes artistically sophisticated live data streams. Evolving artworks allow for a multitude of display options; images can be projected onto architectural or sculptural forms, displayed in buildings, terminals, and offices, and accessed via PDA's and the web. Artists, scientists, and other experts will research data to be utilized in the creation of responsive visualizations.

The displays seek to provide the technological infrastructure to 1) sustain the ability for creation of evolving information forms as modes of presentation advance 2) allow for live visualization of dynamic data streams relevant on local, regional and global levels, and 3) open up the possibility for imaginative uses of data to experts pursuing different methodologies. A robust, scalable framework for adapting data visualizations to various platforms will be implemented through utilization of open, standards-based software libraries. A central server will aggregate public syndication feeds of data related to pertinent subject areas. Through a web syndication protocol, streaming information will be used as the source of data for display. Server resources open to the public as well as research communities can aid in the study of current issues through artistically and contextually accurate visualization. The project will help detect long-term patterns in the global environment! , enhance sensitivity to the quietly functioning aspects of our surroundings, and open expanded avenues for collaboration between the arts and sciences.


Mary Neubauer is a Professor the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and  the Arts, in Tempe, Arizona. She shows her work internationally, and has completed many large sculptural commissions. Mary has been visiting artist at  the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright Fellow (Cambridge, UK), and a Ford Fellow (Indiana University). She has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry program, and  the Tyrone Guthrie Center.