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Data Art Initiation, Part 2

A Talk by Kirell Benzi Ph.D
Data Artist. CEO & Founder, Kirelion

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About this talk


Have you ever wondered how to be more creative with data and get away from pre-made charts? Wouldn't it be nice if you could make your audience feel and understand the intent behind your data stories?

With Data Art, sometimes known as artistic data visualization, we focus on creating meaningful aesthetic pieces from complex real-world data. We only stop when we think our work conveys powerful emotions while being understandable by the audience!

In this data art initiation Masterclass, we introduce powerful yet accessible tools to be creative with data. We first start by reviewing some basics and rapidly move on to the creation and manipulation of the dataset we will use.

The second, and most important, part of the Masterclass is dedicated to the creation of our first data-drive experiment with, a visual programming language in the browser. While no data art or real programming experience is required, an understanding of data structures will help.

If you want to push your creative side and learn cutting-edge technology, this Masterclass is for you!

Key Topics

The following topics will be covered:

Target Audience

  • Developers
  • Data engineers
  • Technical leaders
  • Researchers
  • Designers


Get hands-on experience with interactive node-based creative coding tools, dataset manipulation and mindset for creating interactive data-driven works.

Session outline

  • - hands-on
    • Anatomy of a WebGL app
    • Cables interface
    • Basic Cube
    • Changing background color, modulo OP
    • Importing a CSV file
    • Mapping data to visual attributes


This Masterclass will be in the form of an interactive webinar. Participants are expected to follow along, experiment, ask questions and participate in the conversation.

To simplify everything, the same dataset will be given to everyone.


Intermediate - Advanced


Your browser needs to support WebGL (Chrome preferred) on desktop or laptop (no tablets). You can test it here:

A physical mouse is also preferred as we will manipulate 3D objects. A second display would be even better.

Familiarity with programming will help a lot.

You need an access pass to attend this session: Diversity Access Pass or Full Access Pass apply

Kirell Benzi Ph.D

Kirell Benzi is a data artist, science communicator and researcher. His primary interests revolve around creating visual experiences that inspire, educate and empower large audiences using state-of-the-art technology.

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