User Experience Researcher
Miebach’s work resides at the crossroads of art and science, using climate data to create craft art sculptures and musical scores. She is interested in understanding and translating complex weather systems through her data-driven outputs that explore new visual and auditory languages.
“The viewer is really challenged as to what visual language is part of science, versus art, versus music.“Nathalie Miebach
Due to AI’s utilisation of extensive datasets, I see her work informing my practice in the following manners:
However, despite being physical, it lacks interactivity and due to the simple materials in use, it does not allow for dynamic data visualisation. The outcomes are great but require decoding, hence more cognitive power to understand the data presented.
Understand participants’ perspectives on social media algorithms, along with their mental models and metaphors associated with algorithms concerning their personal data.
See the workshop document (PDF 51KB).
Thematic analysis to interpret the collected visuals and text.
YouTube was perceived as a human (attractive female) or a physical space (comfortable place such as).
User – YouTube relationship is likened to a barter system. (Data as currency)
Transaction drains the user, with no obvious benefits for them.
Human data can be selectively picked and chosen, and it is interconnected, yet partialised mixed with the group.
Overall, Dark feel. Themes: choice/ browsing, power
“I haven’t thought of data as a story“Participant
The overall workshop went well. It yielded some data I was after but I could not get deeper and understand the impact on a personal level.
Participants felt a bit confused about some of my prompts and found it very hard to come up with fairytale examples. I sensed that I lacked full control of the activity.
I should have:
15 responses/ 10 useful responses
Average familiarity with how the YouTube algorithm works.
(based on a scale of 1 – 5, 1 being not at all familiar and 5 being very familiar)
Characteristics attributed to YouTube
The response fairytales did not show any patterns in terms of values covered.
The questionnaire did not collect sufficient responses so that I could clearly define themes. It is partially my fault because I aimed it at the age group of 20-30 years old, narrowing potential participants. Also, I did not give it enough time to collect responses.
See the workshop document (PDF 63KB) for the activity goals and structure.