A network or graph is a mathematical tool that allows to model relations between entities or objects called nodes. These relations can be bidirectional such as friendship links in Facebook or directional when one subscribes to the activity feed from a celebrity on Twitter for example. Throughout this exhibition, you will discover that despite their complexity, networks can also be represented in various shapes thanks to their unique distribution of nodes and edges.
Despite its efficiency, the human brain is not able to interpret these high dimensional datasets. We thus rely on algorithms, mathematical formulas, to reduce the dimensionality so that our brain can perceive them. This physical constraint, which could appear as restrictive, allows in truth to reveal communities, attractions hubs and other unique geometrical shapes exclusively depending on the very structure of the network.
The omnipresence of networks in the world that surrounds us and their surprising properties convinced me that they were worthy of being studied in details throughout a doctoral thesis. Indeed, the artworks presented here necessitated thousands of hours of work combining both the scientific methodology, notably with the creation of dedicated software to collect and analyze the data, with a more artistic approach for rendering these singular visualizations. I hope they will amaze you and make you dive into this fascinating universe where each node, beyond calling for imagination, tells a story.
Kirell Benzi