Nodus Labs at SI

Dmitry Paranyushkin of Nodus Labs was invited to take part in SI residency in Gent, Belgium in August 2010. SI was a two-week project where 8 artists came together to expand and exchange their individual practices within a group context.

We decided to facilitate this process by interviewing each individual participant and creating an online map of the concepts they are most interested in using our mnemonic network tool ThisIsLike.Com. The goal was not only to create an online platform to record and notate the knowledge that was produced by each individual in the group, but to also see where different interests relate and align together.

We then combined the results of all the interviews together in order to get one large graph of the group’s main concerns, interests and sentiments. It can be seen on SI blog here:
http://si2010.net/post/1016579856/the-network-visualization-of-summer-intensive#/

The next step was to also analyze each individual map (using Gephi sofware) in order to see how the knowledge graph produced by every participant differed from the other ones. We used the standard network analysis metrics, such as betweenness centrality, clustering, power law degree etc. This enabled us to further identify the structural differences within the group and see which people were more active contributors for inter-group exchange, and, on the other hand, who was more responsible for bringing the new information into the group.
These results can be seen on SI blog post here: http://si2010.net/post/1027245923/based-on-the-interviews-with-summer-intensive#/