R. Luke DuBois: Insightful human portraits made from data
R. Luke DuBois weaves information from a multitude of sources into art and music exploring the tensions between algorithms, portraiture and temporal space. Full bio
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wrote that I was a menace
want to see my photographs.
that 100 years ago,
that's very "now."
that's been around for a very long time
for tens of thousands of years, right?
and harmonies and melodies --
I started making pieces
at the intersection
a musical structure
is literally being drawn
of the musicians onstage,
that it looks like a plant,
algorithmic biology of the plant
in the first place.
once you know how to code with media,
for the Sundance Film Festival.
every Academy Award Best Picture,
the history of Hollywood cinema.
is the history of editing
on the right, we've got Chicago.
is a little easier to read.
of a cinematic shot in the 1940s
by the US Federal Government
a specific actor in any video.
to train a system on one person
to be surveilled in that manner,
photos of Britney Spears
and will center her eyes in the frame,
about being watched,
is a collaboration I did
to explain and describe,
in slow motion in New York City.
speeding it up to 72 minutes again,
was making portraits.
you tend to think about stuff like this.
is named Gilbert Stuart.
of the United States.
of George Washington from 1796.
there's a lot of symbolism, right?
We've got a sword.
as the father of the nation.
State of the Union addresses
than any other president.
and its own rhetoric.
that that's the word he used the most.
in 43 easy steps,
looking at a series of paintings.
of the United States
rhetoric of its leaders.
talking about deficits.
he would no longer be president,
on prime-time television;
with the word "tonight."
or more accurately, his speechwriter,
thinking about language
portrayed a rhetoric of honesty.
as a series of monolithic sculptures.
that they're to scale,
read between those two black lines,
And there's a lot of these.
to do this with data.
a more democratic form of portraiture,
my country and how it works.
in the United States.
what kind of jobs we've got,
really important stuff.
and our aspirations.
to make my own census.
written by ordinary Americans.
online dating services,
a gay woman and a straight woman,
19 million people's dating profiles --
of the United States.
really freaking obvious. Just go with me.
all this stuff by zip code.
are more use of the word,
is a pretty lonely place.
that Nebraska ain't that funny.
so what this is showing you
need to get together
at a pretty granular level,
in the eastern half of Long Island
of Long Island.
from this whole conference.
that fact for, like, 30 years.
to a cartographic level,
I was doing with the eye charts.
of every city in the United States
in that city than anywhere else.
from Seattle, this makes perfect sense.
You've got "heartbreak."
of the Microsoft Corporation.
so, Los Angeles is "acting"
about being curvy;
they still talk about the flood.
will say they're interesting.
will say they're afraid.
between "annoying" and "cynical."
number one word is "now,"
but actually I'm an actor."
at NYU, but actually I'm an artist."
in Syracuse, New York,
called Dinosaur Barbecue.
take somebody on a date.
and "midsummer," in Midtown Manhattan.
and "hipsters" and "urbane."
a more democratic portrait.
red-state and blue-state maps
on a Friday night?
as a quantified selfie.
a physics equation
I've ever corresponded with.
and it exploded with a big bang.
they've been emailing,
you're heavier to me.
addresses in the middle,
and this work with real-time data
in a specific city.
in the French Quarter of New Orleans
in an argument over parking.
where the shooting took place.
a little bit of engineering.
rigged up as a cam shaft,
are buried in a box.
through to the trigger,
of the New Orleans Police Department,
reported in New Orleans,
so there's no bullet.
a day in New Orleans,
this piece was installed,
you call this "data visualization."
as the artist in residence
is literally the crossroads of the world.
people don't notice about it
place on Earth.
someone commits a selfie
with their eyes centered.
of technology available to make art.
of the artist to ask questions
we're more than numbers.
dreams and ideas.
is something that's done
ABOUT THE SPEAKERR. Luke DuBois - Artist, composer, engineer
R. Luke DuBois weaves information from a multitude of sources into art and music exploring the tensions between algorithms, portraiture and temporal space.
Why you should listen
R. Luke DuBois is a multidisciplinary artist mining the intersection of art, culture and technology, often expanding or contracting perspectives or timespans to accentuate aspects of each work. As a musician, he has produced a spectrum of electro-acoustic works with a multitude of artists, including Bora Yoon, Bang on a Can and the Freight Elevator Quartet.
As an artist, DuBois focuses on exposing the long narratives created by arcs of data, in the same way that time-lapse photographs expose long swaths of motion in a single image. As a programmer, DuBois is co-author of Jitter, a software suite that allows real-time manipulation of video and 3D imagery.
DuBois teaches at New York University, where he co-directs the Integrated Digital Media program at the Tandon School of Engineering. His artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.
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