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Sublime by numbers: How the art world is reacting to big data

From designers trawling climate change data to photographers swapping cameras for computers, information is at the heart of an aesthetic revolution

By Charlie McCann  

Salt Lake City E4, from Dan Holdsworth's Transmission series, which uses data gathered from laser scans to create otherworldly images. © Dan Holdsworth

On a cool Saturday evening in late June, the audience at LSO St Luke’s, a former church turned music venue in east London, heard the premiere of “Change Ringing.” Composed by Laurence Osborn, resident at the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub, the 25-minute piece…

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