2011 was a huge year for infographic design. Large companies embraced data renderings as a business strategy like never before, whether it was to promote their brand (GE) or bolster their bottom line (the New York Times). Nowhere was that more evident than at Facebook.
To visit “Desire of Codes,” which recently ended its run at Tokyo’s ICC/InterCommunication Center, was to subject yourself to an aggressive surveillance strategy. Installed by the Japanese artist Seiko Mikami, there are essentially two levels: Along the wall were 90 “mobile units” that held small, highly sensitive video cameras (0.00003 lux) that were mounted at the height of the eyes of the audience.