Ars Electronica Theme Landscape

Clients: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media Art Research in Linz, Austria
Job: Data visualization research on media art
Date: 2009

The Theme Landscape exists as an interactive visualization and also as printed poster, the latter was my contribution to the exhibition “Mapping The Archive: 30 Years of Ars Electronica”.
Together with my peers Dietmar Offenhuber, Jaume Nualart, Moritz Stefaner and Gerhard Dirmoser, I created this huge poster full of incredible graphs and data for the Ars Electronica Festival in 2009.

Theme Landscape is a visualization tool designed for exploring the “Interactive Art” Prix Ars Electronica winner artworks.
Scientists have developed a tag taxonomy, containing a huge variety of artwork properties, such as installation, experiment, performance, public space, human-computer interaction and so on. All artworks have been tagged with those properties, leading to most artworks having 4 or more tags.

I created a unique glyph for each tag, and 6 glyphs form a hexagonal icon. Each artwork’s symbol consist of its tag glyphs.
The Theme Landscape provides an overview of large amounts of artworks, doing so by positioning artwork symbols in a landscape according to how similar they are. Similarity is based on tags they have in common.
The Theme Landscape can be used for heavily tagged data in general.