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CCP Spring Lecture Series: Lev Manovich [Postponed]

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Lev Manovich
Image provided by Dr. Lev Manovich, from his lecture "How to See a City? Photography, Maps, and Data Visualization"

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The CCP Spring Lecture Series kicks off on March 19 with Dr. Lev Manovich. Dr. Manovich brings to the CCP's extended conversation on self, self portraits, and selfies the perspective of a digital culture and media art theorist. With the enthusiastic support of UA's Center for Digital Humanities and Data Studies, the lecture promises interdisciplinary thinking about photography and our global network of (self) images, making space for new connections between and beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Members, join us at 5:00pm for a sneak peek of the evening's print viewing with a short talk led by Associate Curator of Academic and Public Programs, Dr. Meg Jackson Fox taking place at 5:30pm. Please RSVP to

How to See a City? Photography, Maps, and Data Visualization

19th and 20th century painters, photographers, filmmakers and media artists created many different methods to represent city life and the everyday.  In the 21st century, designers and scientists started to develop new methods using new types of urban data (social media posts, sensor networks, satellite imagery, etc.) and methods (interactive data visualization, machine learning). In his lecture, Manovich will compare older and newer methods, and discuss a number of urban data visualization projects created in the last 15 years.

Manovich will also present selected projects from my Cultural Analytics Lab, including work created for New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art in NYC (MoMA) and Google. These projects explore new ways of interacting with and exploring large photo collections. They include visualizations of 20,000 historical images from MoMA Photography collection; analysis of 2.3 million Instagram photographs shared in 3 global cities; an installation that presents life along Broadway street in NYC using 30 million data points and images, and comparison of 3840 selfies from six global cities.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for Digital Society and Data Studies

About Dr. Lev Manovich:

Dr. Lev Manovich is one the leading theorists of digital culture worldwide, and a pioneer in application of data science for analysis of contemporary culture. Manovich is the author and editor of 13 books including AI AestheticsTheories of Software CultureInstagram and Contemporary ImageSoftware Takes CommandSoft Cinema: Navigating the Database and The Language of New Media which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan." He was included in the list of "25 People Shaping the Future of Design" in 2013 and the list of "50 Most Interesting People Building the Future" in 2014. Manovich is a Presidential Professor in PhD Program in Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab that pioneered analysis of visual culture using computational methods. The lab created projects for Museum of Modern Art (NYC), New York Public Library, Google and other clients.

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