Martin Wattenberg’s work centers on the theme of making the invisible visible. Past projects include The Shape of Song, Third Person, The Whitney Museum’s Artport Idea Line in New York City, and Apartment with Marek Walczak. Wattenberg is a researcher at IBM, where he creates new forms of data visualization. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Noplace is an interactive installation and website that aggregates utopias into a shared vision of paradise. The artists have developed software that takes data, images and text from individuals via the web and uses these feeds to create virtual structures. These structures expand as utopias are added to the project. In the final installation, projected shadows on the gallery walls represent the architecture that’s evolved from the data, creating a physical browser that viewers can manipulate and transform with a wave of their hands.
Marek Walczak is an artist and architect who investigates the ways people participate in physical and virtual spaces. His projects include Apartment at The Whitney Museum in New York City and Dialog Table at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Other projects include a building facade for Seven World Trade Center in New York City that reacts to the pedestrians beneath it and the interactive video installation Third Person, which premiered at the ICA in London. Recently, [here][now], a series of workshops and installations on perception and phenomena of space, was shown in Korea as part of the Incheon Digital Art Festival.