Medical and molecular data are increasingly over-abundant in our high-tech post-genome world. Paradoxically, massive datasets conceal the underlying signals about cancer and other complex diseases yet remain for the most part opaque. We - doctors and patients - seek new clues and cures in this endless collection of data.
datastasis is an interactive audio-visual environment that explores this new phenomenon and paradox using The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). TCGA contains genetic data for thousands of patients across 32 different cancer types. Over 600 million data points are used to compute higher and lower level feature sets, which are projected onto an abandoned hospital room, specifically designed to provide a multi-modal immersive experience. TCGA data dynamically adapts a visual and aural shape in real time, allowing the audience to experience its complexity and cosmic size, in forms that can at times seem overwhelming and impossible, at other times structured and hopeful.
In collaboration with Alejandro Van Zandt-Escobar