A short, immersive visualization of Montreal Open Data.

The viewer is transported through a familiar world and invited to simultaneously explore multiple perspectives in a most unfamiliar way. Take a walk down Mont Royal, and through the Plateau towards the Olympic Stadium, passing through a cloud of millions of data-points. Observe the passage of time on the scale of Montreal’s history, and the flow of traffic on the scale of a single day.

About the artist:

Tyler Sloan (@ Quorumetrix), is a scientist turned data artist living in the Montréal borough of Rosemont. His art is usually informed by his scientific training as a neurobiologist, and always involves interpreting and visualizing large data-sets in an artistic manner. He is especially interested in exploring complex and noisy phenomena, rejecting contemporary minimalism in favor of a 'chaotic' aesthetic. This is his first dome projection, which was created especially for SAT FEST 2019 immersive short film competition.

Technical details:
The full version of perspectives(open_data) will soon be available on Vimeo. It is in the Domemaster / Fisheye format (360 degrees horizontal, 210 degrees vertical), encoded with the DXV3 codec at 30fps, intended for a full-dome projector, but can also be enjoyed on a VR headset. In keeping with the principles of Open Data, the work is made freely available according to the CC 4.0 license.

All data analysis, visualization, animation, and video editing was done by me, Tyler Sloan. I am especially grateful to David Switchenko for providing the soundtrack, and to the Montréal Open Data Portal for making available all data used in the preparation of this film. All data was analyzed with the Python scientific stack (Numpy, Pandas) and visualized with Processing or Datashader.

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