The world today produces more data per day than previously generated in a decade. The world’s knowledge doubles every two years. To cope with this amount of data, a new science is needed: the visualization of characteristic nodes and networks, of parameters and patterns.
The innovative and interdisciplinary field of network science enables the analysis of various cultural and social phenomena. Invisible, hidden connections and constantly repeating patterns within nature, society, language, and culture can not only be explored but also made visible. Barabási’s network approach promises to deliver a comprehensive, universal method that will illuminate many phenomena with scientific precision.
Visitors to the exhibition are offered a comprehensive overview of the highly topical fields of application of network science. The network diagrams and structures are visualized in a variety of ways and use state-of-the-art technology. The exhibits, at once scientific and highly aesthetic, range from prints and sketches to videos, and include real as well as virtual data sculptures.
The BarabásiLab. Hidden Patterns exhibition is a collaboration with the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, where it will be on show from October 10, 2020 to January 17, 2021.
About the artist
Albert-László Barabási (*1967, Cârța, Harghita, Romania) originally studied sculpture, before changing to the study of physics at the universities of Bucharest and Budapest. He gained his PhD from Boston University. Barabási developed the theory of complex networks in the U.S.A., at Northeastern University. He currently works at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University and teaches at the Central European University in Budapest. He lives and works in the U.S.A. and Budapest.
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