Data Art – Week 10

For this project, we are supposed to something related to map, location or some spatial data. I decided to research about nuclear power plant, because nuclear power is taking a huge part of moving toward zero carbon emotion, as nuclear power are currently consider as a green energy source.

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In addition, back in my home country, Taiwan, there were some controversies about the safety measure of our power plants, as most of the plants are either about to renew or just renew their licenses.

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I was pretty confidence that a database for world’s nuclear power plants would exist, since they need to be certified internationally. I soon found this project, which used google map.

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But when i visited the source site, you can only view the list through the site’s listed format, and it doesn’t give me the longitude and latitude of the plants. I found another site that gives a similar data format. Even the one on Wikipedia doesn’t gives me the longitude and latitude.

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I started using mappa; however, the library link for

I decided to do a mock up of the visualization with smaller scale, since putting all the data together would require some time, and this is an individual project. One of the data I really want to see is, if there is an accident at a reactor, maybe i can make a simulation of what the effected areas are, and if it could trigger a chain reaction. However while researching for this data, I couldn’t find quite find any information of the actual blast zone, probably because the likely-hood of actual nuclear explosion from a power plants are near zero, and would not be an actual “blast”. The effects are more from the radiation leak. And most explosion or from the heat, steam, or oxygen leak

The most savior, recent nuclear power plant accident is probably the one in Fukushima, March 2011. It is the only level 7 accident after Chernobyl.

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While I was researching in this area it didn’t take long to get to some conspiracy looking website that use language that try to cause more terror than there is. A lot of them use the 50 mile radius based on the Fukushima US advisory zone.

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In comparison, this is simulation of 300 kt (French current largest warhead) detonated in the same location from Nuke Map.

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I made a mock up of what i wanted the visualization to look like, showing both each reactors capacity, and how much % electricity they generate compare to other form of energy in the country.

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other sources:

update, i found the geo json for data of reacters.




Data Art – Week 7

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For the 3rd project of Data Art, we work on archived data through API.

I team up with Rui An and Shu-Ju lin to create the piece Google Home Alone.

We wanted to highlight the loneliness of  modern society, and how people are more emotionally attached to their smart device than real people. With inspiration of the following video, idiots win, or Google Feud. We wanted to look into googles search auto complete api

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Data Art – Week 4


The second project for Data Art class ITP2019 is a data self portrait. I decided to track the amount of coffee i drink daily for two weeks, and visualized them filling in a cup. i mapped it with maximum of 6 cups, and it animate through each day frame by frame.

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Data Art – Week 1

The First Project that the we do is to visualize a data set of hemlock growth

github link:

Using the given data set from creates 3 different visualization of the same data sets.
User can navigate between different visulization by clicking the 3 buttons on the top of the browser.
Visual 1 is based on the class example from the github page, but I mapped both “RawRingWidth_mm” and “GrowthIndex” on the same graph and comepare the relation between with different colors.
Visual 1
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Light – Week 3

After discussion with James, I shifted my focus from visualizing sounds vibrations, to transmitting sounds signals via laser.

This week I explored with the tech side of the project, based on this video,


This is a test on connecting solar panels through an amplifier, to a speaker. You can already see that bright/dark on the panel effects the sound signals

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Light Week 1


This photo is taken at an individual restroom at the new ITP floor on 4th floor of 370 Jay Street. The photo is composed with 2 elements that can split from a center horizontal line. The top half contains orange, reflective rectangular tiles that are neatly laid out  across the wall. The bottom half are square stone tiles that has a little bit more texture,  laid out across the floor. The two tiles are 90 degree angled from each other, so when the top light hit the side of the wall (tiles), they reflected a very interesting pattern on the floor.

I notice this effect unexpectedly when i was sitting on the toilet. It was kind of an “aha moment” noticing the effect and see where they come from. I think the reason that the effect speaks to me is that it was not intentional but the result is very visible. The relation of cause and result and process of finding the relation between them, i think is what make people special and what makes an ITPer special.

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