Making Data More Human
Jer Thorp puts abstract data into a human context to address the question, “How can understanding the human side of data lead to innovation and effective change?” From mapping the way people share articles across the internet, to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, Thorp’s cutting-edge visualizations use technology and data to help us learn about the way we use digital technologies, become more empathetic in the data age, and ultimately, tell the story of our lives. Thorp discusses how by adding meaning and narrative, people can take control of the information that surrounds them, and revolutionize the way data is utilized.
Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Recently, his work has been featured by The Guardian, Scientific American, The New Yorker, and Popular Science.
Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, including in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. He is an adjunct Professor in New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation.