Hillary Mushkin
Research Professor of Art and Design      
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visualization: from data to discovery

This course examines artists’ work with new technology, fabrication methods and media from the late 19th Century to the present. Major artists, exhibitions, and writings of the period will be surveyed. While considering this historical and critical context, students create their own original new media artworks using technologies and/or fabrication methods they choose. Approaches to projects are varied including robotics, electronics, computer programming, computer graphics, mechanics and other technologies. Students design and fabricate their own projects. Topics include systems in art, the influence of industrialism, digital art, robotics, telematics, media in performance, interactive installation art, and technology in public space. This course provides students with a forum for discussing and working through challenges of visualizing students’ data using techniques and principles from graphic design, user experience design, and visual practices in science and engineering. Working together, we help create and edit students’ graphics and other visual forms of data to improve understanding. We consider the strengths and weaknesses of communicating information visually in drawing, design and diagramming forms such as flow charts, brainstorming maps, graphs, illustrations, movies, animation, as well as public presentation materials, depending on the needs of students’ projects. Instructors: Mushkin and Lombeyda. The Caltech/JPL/Art Center Data Visualization Summer Internship Program brings together students with computer science and design backgrounds. For 10-weeks, students collaborate with each other and researchers at Caltech and JPL on interactive data visualization projects. The program co-organizers, Hillary Mushkin (Caltech), Scott Davidoff (JPL) and Maggie Hendrie (Art Center) provide mentorship alongside scientific researchers at Caltech and JPL. This one day symopsium on the emerging science of big data visualization was held at Beckman Auditorium at Caltech on May 23, 2013, co-organized with JPL and Art Center. The premise? Nearly every scientific and engineering endeavor faces a fundamental challenge to see and extract insights from data. Effective data science and visualization can lead to new discoveries. Together, we at Caltech, NASA JPL, and Art Center represent the same convergence of science, engineering and design that drives new big data-powered discovery. Industry leaders visited Pasadena for a series of talks to inspire, unite and challenge our community to re-examine our practices, and our perspectives.

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Hillary Mushkin is Research Professor of Art and Design at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), leading a new art, design, science and engineering initiative. As a visual artist, Mushkin explores intersections of media, technology and authority in visual culture. She works in diverse forms including drawing, digital media, and public engagement. She collaborates with others from fields including art history, poetry, architecture, and geography. Mushkin's projects have been exhibited at the Freud Museum (London), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), and White Columns (New York). She has also produced works in alternative contexts including sidewalks, a state park, and the 29 Palms Marine Corps base. Mushkin received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from U.C. Irvine.

Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering and Applied Science
Office: 211 Keck Laboratory
MC 138-78
Office Phone: 4406
Email: hmushkin@caltech.edu