Digital Opening: BarabásiLab. Hidden Patterns
A visualization of a network is shown. It looks like a spider web.
Network Thinking
Fri, April 30, 2021 6 pm CEST, Opening
Languages: German, English

The exhibition »BarabásiLab. Hidden Patterns« presents network visualizations of the last 25 years of the physicist and network scientist Albert-László Barabási and his research laboratory.

Economic, social and political infrastructures have long been built on the algorithmic analysis of data. In order to be able to cope with these huge amounts of data, network science has been established, which illustrates and explains the systemic relationships within various data sets. BarabásiLab's projects provide insights into the highly topical fields of network science, which are amongst others used in medicine, pharmacy, and physics, but also in fields such as the study of infrastructures, social systems and developmental processes. By making visible the hidden connections and repeating patterns within nature, society, and culture, the innovative and interdisciplinary field of network science enables the analysis of a wide variety of cultural and social phenomena.




6 pm | Guided tour through »BarabásiLab. Hidden Patterns« with Albert-László Barabási

Realized in cooperation with the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary, this exhibition is the first in Germany to provide a comprehensive overview of the forms of visualization developed by BarabásiLab through its collaborative process involving scientists, artists and designers alike. Without imposing a reductionist framework on the complexity of our world, the work of BarabásiLab reveals the hidden patterns in complex systems that determine our biological and social existence.



7 pm | Live discussion with Albert-László BarabásiAlice GrishchenkoIsabel Meirelles and Peter Weibel about »Network-Thinking«

This panel featuring network scientist Albert-László Barabási, data visualization experts, Isabel Meirelles and Alice Grishchenko, and artist and director of the ZKM | Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, will engage with the topic of network thinking and data visualization in our contemporary world. Through the visualization of networks, invisible amounts of data, upon which all the infrastructures of daily life have long been based, come more clearly into focus.

The innovative and interdisciplinary field of network science facilitates the analysis of various cultural and social phenomena through graphic representations of relationships between people, objects, or ideas. Data visualization explores the obscure and hidden patters in nature, society, language, and culture. Barabási's network approach promises to deliver comprehensive methods that illuminate phenomena with both technical precision and aesthetic sensibility.

The four panelists will explore how network thinking has changed—and continues to change—our views of the world through visualizing systemic connections and communications. Albert-László Barabási is the founder and director of BarabásiLab and has been instrumental in the development of  methodologies of data visualization for over 25 years. Alice Grishchenko is a member of the BarabásiLab and worked on many of the network visualizations featured in the exhibition. Isabel Meirelles has collaborated with Barabási on various projects over the years and continues to teach and write about the impact of network visualization on society, culture, and education.

You can watch the livestreamed discussion in German simultaneous translation here.

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ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

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