Data, Deception, and Design

Date: February 1, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
What can the study of magic teach us about data-driven misinformation? In this one-of-a-kind workshop, attendees will explore how magicians have historically used the careful construction of narrative framing devices to shift perceived facts and how these concepts can be applied to data visualization. This session will begin with a presentation on visualizations, misinformation, and data literacy by Arvind Satyanarayan (EECS, CSAIL) followed by a discussion on framing devices used by magicians between Graham M. Jones (Anthropology) and Jeannette Andrews (magician, National Arts Club Artist Fellow). Andrews will also perform several pieces from her repertoires. The session will culminate in a hands-on workshop, where participants will explore how retelling of sensationalized information morphs across groups based on data labeling.