Ashley Hunt at IFA-Berlin

Great to see the result of Ashley Hunt’s “A World Map: In which we see …” installed at IFA-Berlin http://ow.ly/3dafT

“Ashley Hunt, who was born in Los Angeles, shows with “A World Map: In which we see …” a double movement of globalization that redraws borders in order to free up the movement of capital while restricting the movement of persons. Mapmaking has become a vital practice of alternative thinking on contemporary issues. Wherever Hunt is invited to perform “A World Map”, he calls for volunteering activists, artists and students to create the map together as a collaborative process. With no end and no beginning, the map works like a conceptual structure that reveals the machinery of globalization almost in a dizzying way. It functions differently with every context it appears in.”

More of his work

A Peek Into Netflix Queues: Examine Netflix rental patterns, neighborhood by neighborhood, in a dozen cities

“On Sunday, the New York Times techno-wizards rolled out the latest in their series of enormously cool (and endlessly distracting) interactive features — the Netflix maps. Using data compiled from zip codes and Netflix user queues*, these maps visualize rental patterns in 12 major American cities, adjusting for popularity and critical reception, and providing a nifty way for film snobs to confirm their worst suspicions about neighbors’ movie taste.

While the graphs mostly validate what many users already suspected — everybody with a Netflix account is watching Twilight, nobody in an urban area would be caught dead renting Paul Blart: Mall Cop — they also single out a handful of more curious findings. What’s with those zip codes that don’t follow local patterns? Are people actually renting Last Chance Harvey?”

Originally posted here.