Assistant Professor Rahul Bhargava (CAMD)
Data is historically considered a tool for analytic support through visual interpretation, overlooking the potential of embodied representations. We explore dance and theater as paths to creating new understandings of information and bringing people together around data to increase collective empowerment and engagement. “Data theatre” workshops leverage participatory theater to investigate how people relate to data when asked to perform some story they find in it. We aim to move beyond traditional flat visualizations and leverage experiential modes of understanding to build new modes of representation that empower individuals and communities.