Interview: George Legrady



The computer is a valuable tool to get an overview of large datasets by creating visualizations as meta images. However, such visualizations that may seem so selfevident are never a one-to-one translation of the underlying data. Just like photography is no “pencil of nature” visualizations are no “pencil of data”, but a transformation with
many variables determining the result.

George Legrady is one of the pioneers who examine artistically the visual outcome of algorithms by creating new forms of visualizations and 3D installations. As the director of the Experimental Visualization Lab and Professor of Interactive Media at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he also introduces students of art, design, and computational engineering to concepts at the intersection between art and technology.



George Legrady

is Chair of the Media Arts & Technology PhD program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, director of the Experimental Visualization Lab, and professor of digital media in the College of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He is an internationally published scholar and exhibiting media artist, a pioneer in the field of interactive digital media arts. His current research engages with data visualization, robotic computational integrated photography, and digital visual ethnography.

He has received awards from Creative Capital Foundation; the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Arts, Science and Technology; the Canada Council; the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Science Foundation, and this year, a lifetime achievement prestigious Guggenheim fellowship.

Harald Klinke

is co-founder and editor of DAHJ. He is Assistant Professor at the LMU Munich and responsible for the Ph.D. program "Digital Art History". He holds a Ph.D. in Art History and a Master in Business Informatics and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and researcher at Volkswagen.

Liska Surkemper

is co-founder and editor of DAHJ. Previously, she has worked as Research Assistant in Architectural and Cultural Theory at the TUM Munich from 2014 to 2017. From 2010 until 2014 she coordinated a digital humanities project at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).