New special issue of the bilingual journal Diseña on Visual Methods for Online Images

A new special issue of the bilingual journal Diseña has just been released. The issue, edited by Gabriele Colombo and Sabine Niederer, explores the realm of online images as a site for visual research and design.

While in an image-saturated society, methods for visual analysis gain urgency, this special issue explores visual ways to study online images. The proposition we make is to stay as close to the material as possible. How to approach the visual with the visual? What type of images may one design to make sense of, reshape, and reanimate online image collections? The special issue also touches upon the role that algorithmic tools, including machine vision, can play in such research efforts. Which kinds of collaborations between humans and machines can we envision to better grasp and critically interrogate the dynamics of today’s digital visual culture?

The articles (available both in English and in Spanish) touch on the diversity of formats and uses of online images, focusing on collection and visual interpretation methods. Other themes touched by this issue are image machine co-creation processes and their ethics, participatory actions for image production and analysis, and feminist approaches to digital visual work.

Further information about the issue can be found in our introduction. Following is the complete list of contributions (with links) and authors (some from the Public Data Lab).

Editorial: Against Subject Datafication through Anti-Oppressive Data Practices – Renato Bernasconi

Diseña 19 | Visual Methods for Online Images: Collection, Circulation, and Machine Co-CreationGabriele Colombo, Sabine Niederer

The Potentials of Google Vision API-based Networks to Study Natively Digital ImagesJanna Joceli Omena, Pilipets Elena, Beatrice Gobbo, Chao Jason

Developing Online Images. From Visual Traces to Public VoicesDonato Ricci, Calibro, Duncan Evennou, Benoît Verjat

Google Images, Climate Change, and the Disappearance of Humans – Warren Pearce, Carlo De Gaetano

Data-Driven Curated Video Catalogs: Republishing Video FootageGabriele Colombo, Federica Bardelli

Creating AI Art Responsibly: A Field Guide for Artists – Claire R. Leibowicz, Emily Saltz, Lia Coleman

Feminist Data Practices: Conversations with Catherine D’Ignazio, Lauren Klein, and Maya Livio – Catherine D’Ignazio, Lauren Klein, Maya Livio, Sabine Niederer, Gabriele Colombo

Decolonizing the Imagination in Times of Crisis. Gestures for Speculative Thinking-Feeling: Interview with Martin Savransky – Martin Savransky, Martín Tironi



New website and blog for the Public Data Lab

Welcome to the revamped website and new blog for the Public Data Lab, courtesy of Andrea Benedetti at DensityDesign Lab in Milan. ✨

What’s new?

  • 🛠 In order to enable more people to post more easily about various projects and activities, we’re now using WordPress as the backend for the site (along with static site templates and materials for use by different lab projects).
  • 👩🏻‍💻 We have added a people page so we can highlight a much wider group of people, groups and collaborators who we work with at the Public Data Lab.
  • 🌱 We’ve added an updated projects page which includes more of what we’ve been up to than had been on the previous site, along with a little updating network diagram to show who has been working on what and the different clusters of our activities 🙂
  • 📝 We’ll be using the blog to post short notes and updates on our various projects and activities across the Public Data Lab and its associated research centres, communities and institutions.
  • 🏮 We have lightly revised our mission statement to better reflect what we do (in light of activities over the past few years)

As always you can follow our activities on Twitter at @PublicDataLab and also get in touch if you’re interested in contributing to or collaborating with the lab.

If you spot anything that should be added/amended on the new website, please let us know or leave an issue on Github.