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Original article (non peer-reviewed)

Journal Geschichte und Informatik = Histoire et informatique
Volume (Issue) 18/19
Page(s) 211 - 227
Title of proceedings Geschichte und Informatik = Histoire et informatique

Open Access


This chapter explores historical aspects of interactive data visualization between 1950 and 1975 in order to declare that from a media aesthetical perspective there has been since then no significant changes in the way data gets displayed, visualized and explored visually. Some media theoretical rea- sons for this strange development are formulated. Since the chapter has been written in the context of historically informed design and media research, it finally argues for alternative forms of data visualization, which might lead to new practices of interactive, multi-sensorial data aesthetics. Interweaving history and computer science (Geschichte und Informatik) reflects not only our own usage of data visualization but as well might help to develop it further.