Annie and the Shaman: Exploring data with the visual provocative artifact

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Designed as a “provocative artifact” to raise questions about how information is collected, archived, and employed, the multimedia piece Annie and the Shaman raises timely questions about the increasingly pervasive (and often naïve) use of data. Annie and the Shaman links two contexts with notable data histories: Nevada’s Basin and Range region and information about aboveground atomic testing. To force an empirical engagement with the location, the photographer-researcher summarized data about an atomic test into an infographic, and, in contrast to composing visuals post-hoc, integrated it with a relevant context on location. Similar techniques can raise questions about other contexts.

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