1. We’re Shortlisted for the 35th Arts & Busines (A&B) Awards

    The partnership between the Open Data Institute and MzTEK was shortlisted for this year’s Arts & Business (A&B) Awards.

    Read more about Data as Culture — our collaboration with the Open Data Institute.

    The A&B Awards celebrate the finest partnerships between the commercial and cultural sectors. This year, more than 90 partnerships entered across the 8 award categories.  The New Sponsorship Award, which went to Hull 2017 Angels,  was presented on May 21 by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England at the BFI Southbank Centre, London.


    Left to Right at the BFI: Gavin Starks, CEO, Open Data Institute; Julie Freeman, Art Associate, ODI; Sophie McDonald, Co-Founder, MzTEK

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  2. Data as Culture: Open Day

    The Open Data Institute (ODI) and MzTEK invite you to the Data as Culture Open Day on 16 March 2013, 12pm – 6pm.

    The Data as Culture collection is set in the offices of the ODI, and aims to bring tangible interventions into the mass accretion of data around us. This is an opportunity to see the artworks in the collection and speak to the curators and some of the artists.

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    Informal presentations from 2.30pm – 4pm, refreshments provided.

    Confirmed Artists

    Ellie Harrison, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Phill Archer, Benedikt Gross

    Learn more about the artists and the artworks.


    Open Data Institute, 3rd Floor, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE


    16 March 2013, 12pm – 6pm,  informal presentations take place between 2.30 – 4pm.

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  3. Data as Culture at the ODI

    Some exciting news! This week sees the opening of the exciting Data as Culture art showcase installed at the Open Data Institute

    In curating the showcase for the ODI we wanted to select a range of works that would not just reflect different data sources, but that would challenge our understanding of what data is, and how it may affect and reflect our lives.  The works range from geomagnetic data visualisations, to wall painted cellular automata, to tabloid newspapers of search term trend graphs – all tangible interventions into the mass accretion of data around us.

     Semiconductor’s 20Hz (2011)

    Martin John Callanan’s Text Trends (2012) 

    As data becomes more accessible to artists, as it opens up for use as a raw material, we are seeing more of its integration into works that explore environmental socio-political and economic aspects of society. By utilising data in an experiential way, this selection of works pulls data out of the virtual domain and into our physical world. We hope the exhibition provokes discussion around what open data is, how it informs and affects us, and how we interpret it in a way that is meaningful.

    Find out more about the commissioned Artists and the Artworks.

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    Viewing is by appointment. Please contact the ODI at info@theodi.org.