Performing social media: artistic approaches to analysing big data

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  • University of Salzburg


Using several performances undertaken as part of a public art residency, this article discusses creative and playful approaches to social media data. Four pieces are discussed to demonstrate how social media posts can be re-appropriated and represented. In this project, geotagged Flickr images were used as a foundation for arts performances to give new meanings to the spaces where the social media post was tagged. In doing so, it demonstrates a way to bridge the quantitative-qualitative divide through the use of geographic big data in art, enabling scholars to move beyond the visualisations of big data produced by GIScience.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-294
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Early online date17 Dec 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Dec 2018


  • art, big data, performance, representation, social media, 艺术, 大数据, 表演, 再现, 社交媒体, arte, medios sociales, representación, representación escénica