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Mirko Tobias Schäfer (interviewer)

Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Assistant Professor for New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht and principal investigator at the Utrecht Data School. Mirko's research interest revolves around the socio-political impact of media technology. He is co-editor and co-author of Digital Material. Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology (2009) and author of Bastard Culture! How User participation Transforms Cultural Production (2011).

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Why are we so obsessed with visual data?
In this interview, Manuel Lima will talk about his new book The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge, exposing our long-time obsession with deciphering a wider, holistic view of intriguing topics through the use of recurrent visualization metaphors—from understanding the brain to ordering nature to mapping the Internet. It particularly explores a critical paradigm shift in our understanding and depiction of knowledge as we stop relying on hierarchical tree structures and turn instead to networks in order to map the inherent complexities of our modern world.