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/reimaginings/ is a critique of the current culture of data visualization,

hyperlinking and relationship mapping. Databases, visual graphing tools, and

other internet technologies have made it possible to connect any packet of

data to any other packet of data. The illustration of these relationships

through research papers, graphs, animations and dramatic reenactments is

often a display of technical wizardry designed to assert the importance of

the case being made and to intimidate with complexity and rhetoric.

Who makes the decisions about how meaningful relationships between data

points are constructed? Who designs the database and the user survey? Who

writes conclusions? More than anything, who transforms data into

information? /reimaginings/ makes the case that these functions are anything

but neutral in a world of information overload.

/reimaginings/ is an _imaginary_ research project designed to use Instant

Messenging conversation data to "improve" the Newtonian 7-color spectrum by

adding more colors to it. Visitors to the /reimaginings/ project upload

their IM conversations into a database, map the lines of the conversation to

colors and view conversations reenacted using images and text-to-speech

voice technology.

By aiming for a farcical goal (improving Newton's Color spectrum by adding

more of the same colors) and using absurd methodologies (mapping colors to

IM conversations), /reimaginings/ provokes the visitor to question the

veracity of data-mapping, hyperlinking and scientific rhetoric by being

constantly perched at the edge of language, graphic and technological

seduction and an uneasy sense that the project is incomprehensibly complex

and ridiculous.