Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Aaron Koblin, The Sheep Market, 2006. The Sheep Market is a collection of 10,000 sheep created by workers on Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Workers were paid $.02 (USD) to "draw a sheep facing to the left." Animations of each sheep's creation may be viewed at thesheepmarket.com.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Thursday, October 25, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies. His work takes real-world and community-generated data and uses it to reflect on cultural trends and the changing relationship between humans and the systems they create. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. His projects have been shown at international festivals including TED, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, and Japan Media Arts Festival. He received the National Science Foundation's first-place award for science visualization and two of his music video collaborations have been Grammy nominated. In 2010 Koblin was the Abramowitz-Artist-in-Residence at MIT, and he currently leads the Data Arts Team in Google's Creative Lab.