Fiber optic ocean: Merging media for data representation

Ozge Samanci, Adam Snyder

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This paper explores the interactive art installation, Fiber Optic Ocean, portraying the consequences of technology's invasion of oceans. Three life-size shark skeletons are trapped in an ocean made of fiber optic threads. This 20-foot-by-20-foot installation combines fiber optics with sculptural elements and data-driven light and sound design. Data visualization and sonification emerge from the use of two data sets: human data (tweets per second) and shark data (speed of live sharks tagged with GPS). This paper examines the affordances and constraints of design with fiber optic threads. Using fiber optics in this media context expands the expressive opportunities for artists and creates a platform for representation of data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE VIS Arts Program, VISAP 2017
EditorsJeremy Boy, Angus G. Forbes, Fanny Chevalier
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538634905
StatePublished - Feb 5 2018
Event2017 IEEE VIS Arts Program, VISAP 2017 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: Oct 1 2017Oct 6 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE VIS Arts Program, VISAP 2017


Other2017 IEEE VIS Arts Program, VISAP 2017
CountryUnited States


  • GPS data
  • Interactive art installation
  • data sonification
  • data visualization
  • ecosystem
  • fiber optics
  • internet
  • sharks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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