Google Zeitgeist 2014 conference

    May 13, 2015 by admin in Projects 0 comments
    This summer we were commissioned to create new animated visualizations of our project to be shown during Google Zeitgeist 2014 conference. The conference is an invitation only two-day event; this year it took place during September 14-16 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Take a look at the videos we presented at the conference:  

    New article in Big Data and Society Journal

    August 18, 2014 by admin in Projects 0 comments
    My new research article titled “The Social Media Image” was published  in the Journal Big Data and Society. Here is the abstract of the paper: How do the organization and presentation of large-scale social media images recondition the process by which visual knowledge, value, and meaning are made in contemporary conditions? Analyzing fundamental elements in the changing syntax of existing visual software ontology—the ways current social media platforms and aggregators organize and categorize social media images—this article relates how visual materials created within social media platforms manifest distinct modes of knowledge production and acquisition. First, I analyze the structure of social media images within data streams as opposed to previous information organization in a structured database. While the database has no pre-defined notions of time and thus challenges traditional linear forms, the data stream re-emphasizes the linearity of a particular data sequence and activates a set of new relations to contemporary temporalities. Next, I show how these visual arrangements and temporal principles are manifested and discussed in three artworks: “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1991), The Clock by Christian Marclay (2011), and Last Clock by Jussi Ängeslevä and Ross Cooper (2002). By emphasizing the technical and poetic ways in which social media situate the present as […]

    August 16, 2014 by admin in Uncategorized 0 comments
    My current research focuses on studying large sets of user-generated social media photos. Drawing on methodologies from digital humanities, media theory, information science, software studies, art history, cultural studies, and computer science, I offer a qualitative and quantitative analysis that theorizes and visualizes current and experimental forms of visual information organizations over social media platforms.

    Visiting Researcher at MoMA, NYC

    December 08, 2013 by admin in Projects 0 comments
    Last summer (2013) I was invited by MoMA, NYC, to explore their historic photography collection. The result of my research was published as part of MoMA’s recent exhibition OBJECT:PHOTO. You can read the full article here.

    Amazing Press Coverage!

    December 08, 2013 by admin in News 0 comments
    Wow! I am overwhelmed by the interest in our project! Since we launched the website we got press coverage from leading media outlets such as Wired, Der Spiegel and the Guardian as well as other newspapers in Italy, Brazil, Hungary, Japan and Turkey! Thank you so much! Read the press articles here

    Zooming into Instagram City – Research Paper

    June 14, 2013 by admin in Projects 1 comments
    I am very excited to announce our new article and website are out!

    Cities Made By People at the Lloyd Digital Lab

    May 25, 2013 by admin in News 0 comments
    If you’re around Amsterdam this Tuesday (May 7, 2013) , come see us talk about re-imagining the city in the age of social media. The talk is part of the Lloyd Digital Lab cultural embassy series of  talks, exhibitions and collaborations from people creating new perspectives on urban life.

    Visualizing Instagram at CHI 2013

    May 25, 2013 by admin in News 0 comments
    We will present our work on spatio-temporal analysis of visual social media data in the GeoHCI 2013 workshop, as part of  the The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The workshop aims to provide a venue for members of the human-computer interaction and geography communities to create and share knowledge on topics that span this disciplinary boundary.  Read more here. Please come say hello!


    April 17, 2013 by admin in Projects 0 comments
    What do billions of Instagram photographs can tell us about the world? How can we see larger cultural patterns contained in such massive visual social data? Do these images reflect the specificity of local places? We  present new visualization techniques to analyze and compare more than 2.3 million publicly shared Instagram photos from 13 cities such as New York, San Francisco, London and Tokyo. A research article about the project  was published in the July issue of First Monday (, an open-access peer–reviewed journal. In addition, all visualizations and findings are available on the project’s web site at  

    “The Aggregate Eye” Exhibition

    March 17, 2013 by admin in Projects 0 comments
    The Aggregate Eye: 13 cities / 312,694 people / 2,353,017 photos Nadav Hochman, Lev Manovich, Jay Chow   Exhibition at Amelie A. Wallace Gallery Curated by Hyewon Yi and Alise Tifentale October 29 – December 5, 2013 Opening reception: October 29, 4 – 7pm See the exhibited works online: Maps, photographs, and cinema are the principal technologies that individuals, small groups, and businesses traditionally have used to represent cities. Today, urban representations can be created by hundreds of millions of ordinary people who capture and share photos on social networks. If we were to aggregate these masses of photos, how would our cities look? How unique are the photos captured by each of us? Are there dominant themes regardless of location? The Aggregate Eye, a project created by Nadav Hochman, Lev Manovich, and Jay Chow, investigates these questions. The collaborators downloaded and analyzed 2,353,017 Instagram photos shared by 312,694 people in thirteen cities over a three-month period. The large prints and video included in the exhibition combine these photos to reveal unique patterns. One set of images compares New York, Tokyo, and Bangkok using 150,000 Instagram photos. Another image, created by 53,498 photos taken in Tokyo over several days, depicts a […]