Somerset House unveils Big Bang Data exhibition

Date Posted: 22/10/2015

Somerset House in London will play host to a major exhibition about the data explosion of the 21st century, entitled Big Bang Data.

The display will be open from 3rd December to 28th February, and would suit teachers looking to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 about the expansion of technology in the 21st century and subsequent increasing collection of worldwide data.

Focussing on the growth of data in the last five years, Big Bang Data explores how our daily lives are recorded by cameras, telephone calls and card payments, or by actively engaging in social media and searching the internet.

Students can examine the way data is organised, used and interpreted through a variety of art and data visualisation projects that aim to make the subject easily understandable.

Highlights are set to include Selfiecity London – thousands of Instagram selfies turned into media displays – and London Wall, which is a collection of posters of publicly-available tweets and status updates posted within a one mile radius of Somerset House.

In addition, a series of interactive events and workshops will be hosted to provide a platform for discussions and participatory projects that question, challenge and contribute to ever-changing debates on big data.

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