US Census: Finding Beauty in the Numbers

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Where many journalists and policy makers see stark data in the new census numbers, some see the potential for art. Sound artist Ben Rubin and UCLA statistics professor Mark Hansen are best known for creating digital poetry out of the printed word for their installation at The New York Times building. The pair culled text and images from the Times archive — stretching back almost one hundred and sixty five years — and replicated them onto 560 small screens that welcome visitors to The New York Times lobby. 

Rubin and Hansen tell us how they would tackle the decade of information in the U.S. census numbers.


Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

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