Aaron Koblin
Cofounder & CEO, Vrse
Biography
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Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer specializing in data and digital technologies. His work takes real-world and community-generated data and uses it to reflect on cultural trends and the changing relationship between humans and the systems they create. Aaron’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2010 Aaron was the Abramowitz Artist in Residence at MIT and he leads the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab.
Aaron Koblin
Cofounder & CEO, Vrse
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Aaron Koblin — Data-Driven Stories
Aaron Koblin — Data-Driven Stories

A sort of dreamscape unto itself, this film charts the creation of several of acclaimed artist Aaron Koblin's most imaginative and game-changing projects, including the crowd-sourced music video for Johnny Cash's song "Ain't No Grave" and the user-customized short film "The Wilderness Downtown," which is set to Arcade Fire's "We Used to Wait" and was created entirely in HTML5. Koblin also describes the genesis and evolution of what may be his most groundbreaking work to date: "This Exquisite Forest," a collaborative art project and online story generator (created with Chris Milk and the Tate Modern museum in London) built and nurtured by web users. Koblin's remarkable oeuvre draws increasingly on the immense computing, storage, and data-sharing capabilities of the current generation of computersÑas well as recent innovations like hardware-accelerated browser graphicsÑand demonstrates in the most vivid ways imaginable the infinite artistic and narrative possibilities of crowdsourced digital creation and autonomous storytelling.