Exhibit: The Art of Networks

The Art of Networks was organized in collaboration with Carla Funk, Director of University Museums, and Jackie Borsanyi, Curator of Exhibitions, at the Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology. The exhibition was envisioned together with CompleNet 2012, hosted by the department of Computer Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida. Download the Gallery Guide (3.3 MB) pdficon_small.gif

The Art of Networks wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of all the authors who are participating in this special exhibition at the Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology:

  • 2015 Milan Universal Exposition by DensityDesign Research Lab, Politecnico di Milano: Paolo Ciuccarelli (Scientific Coordinator), Michele Mauri (Project Leader), Giorgio Caviglia, Lorenzo Fernandez, Luca Masud, Mario Porpora, Donato Ricci (Team); Gloria Zavatta (Theme development). (Italy, 2011)
  • Cascade by Jer Thorp & Mark Hansen, The New York Times R&D Group (U.S., 2011)
  • Citeology by Justin Matejka, Tovi Grossman, and George Fitzmaurice, Autodesk Research (Canada, 2011)
  • Ghost Counties by Jan Willem Tulp (The Netherlands, 2011)
  • HouseFly by Philip DeCamp & Deb Roy, Cognitive Machines group, MIT Media Lab (U.S., 2011)
  • PeopleMovin by Carlo Zapponi (Italy, 2011)
  • Pulse of the Nation by Alan Mislove, Sune Lehmann, Yong-Yeol Ahn, Jukka-Pekka Onnela, J. Niels Rosenquist, Northeastern Univ., Harvard Univ. (U.S., 2011)
  • The Stanford Dissertation Browser by Jason Chuang, Daniel Ramage, Christopher Manning, Jeff Heer, Stanford University. (U.S., 2009)
  • Traffic in Lisbon by Pedro Cruz , Penousal Machado, João Bicker, University of Coimbra / FBA, CityMotion Project (Portugal, 2010)
  • U.S. federal agency spending in 2009 against media coverage of those agencies by Wesley Grubbs, Pitch Interactive (U.S., 2010)


We live in a data-driven environment, where data are collected and shared uninterruptedly: from traces left by our daily interactions with digital devices to the numbers routinely released by governmental agencies all over the world. Focusing on the complexity of relations within vast datasets the network sciences have provided insight into some governing principles of physical, biological, and social phenomena. Among the tools used to examine different network models and topologies are data visualizations, aiding to the understanding of complexity. In general, data visualizations can help us make sense of the data deluge by structuring data in ways that facilitate detection of patterns and trends, and ultimately, transform data into meaningful information.

The Art of Networks brings together twelve visualizations representing networks in topics as diverse as migration flows, speech cognition, citations, the spreading of social messages, and housing issues in the U.S. The authors are representative of top visualization groups around the world who are producing some of the most innovative work in this area. The selected visualizations can literally open new ways of seeing and understanding relationships in the surrounding world.

The projects are represented both in static and dynamic media. The large prints on the gallery walls provide a glimpse to the content and format chosen by the authors to visually examine recent topics, while short videos in the computer stations present how the applications function dynamically. You can learn more about the authors and access online interactive applications by pointing your mobile phone to the QR codes on each work.

When: March 8 – April 8, 2012
Where: Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology

BLOGS about the exhibit:
Florida Tech Blog by Ronaldo Menezes,  Assoc. Professor of Computer Science and Director of the BioComplex Laboratory, Florida Institute of Technology, FL
iNSolution Research Blog Story #1, by Angela Herring, Communications Office, Northeastern University, MA
iNSolution Research Blog Story #2, by Angela Herring, Communications Office, Northeastern University, MA