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17 Mar, 2020 / by M+ Team

‘hong kong artists, women’ by Shirley Wu

Digital graphic still of green and blue mountains

Shirley Wu, https://hkartistswomen.com/, 2020 © Shirley Wu

Shirley Wu invites you to explore a mesmerising visualisation of data drawn from Wikipedia, the most widely read online encyclopedia. As you scroll through the mountainscape of hong kong artists, women, the nuances of the online underrepresentation of Hong Kong women artists are gradually revealed.

The work raises important questions about the reliability of user-generated content and the authenticity of data. Responding to these controversies, Kerry Doran’s written response is an investigation into data visualisation—its forms, its history, its applications, and the rhetoric built around it.

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About Shirley Wu

Shirley Wu is an award-winning creative focused on data-driven art and visualisations. She has worked with global organisations such as Google, The Guardian, SFMOMA, and NBC Universal to develop custom, highly interactive data visualisations. She combines her love of art, math, and code into colourful, compelling narratives that push the boundaries of the web. Her work can be found at sxywu.com.

Shirley Wu’s hong kong artists, women is commissioned for M+’s series of digital commissions, exploring online creative practices that sit at the intersection of visual culture and technology.

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