Teaching | WiSe20/21 Project

Data Perspectives.

Physical Representations of Everyday Data

Set-up of the research

Since the beginning of time, humankind has been generating data. From cave paintings, stories, sculptures, pictures, social media posts, to the notion of the ‘quantified self’: our data generation has become faster, easier, and more ubiquitous. But what can we do with all this data? What to do with the data which we are generating ourselves in our everyday lives? And how can we represent this data?

In this project, we challenged students to explore, visualise, physicalise (represent in physical form), and discuss data in and from their everyday lives. In order to do so, students had to make 5 weekly data diaries, in which they captured a data source from their daily lives. For the final challenge, students had to create one functional, shape-changing physicalisation.

Update: the results are coming in.
Stay tuned for a reflection on the assignments and course setup.



  • prof. dr. Eva Hornecker | Hannes Waldschütz | Rosa van Koningsbruggen
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • WiSe20/21
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