The Arts at Nobel Conference 57

The theme of big data and its implications will be explored during the conference in an art exhibition, a concert, and a dance piece. 

Live Events on Tuesday, October 5

Gallery Talk - Arlene Birt, "Background Stories"
Tuesday, October 5
6 p.m. 

Schaefer Art Gallery - presented in person or watch via Zoom.

Meet artist Arlene Birt and learn more about her creative process and work. The exhibit, Putting Data Into Context, is in creative conjunction with Nobel Conference 57, Big Data REvolution. 

Visit the Schaefer Art Gallery website for exhibit images and the Zoom link to the gallery talk.
Sponsored by the Art and Art History Department.

Nobel Conference Concert
Tuesday, October 5
7 p.m. 
Bjorling Recital Hall

OboeBass! presents American Vein: New Music for Oboe and Bass
Featuring Carrie Vecchione, oboe and Rolf Erdahl, double bass
What do the arts and big data have in common? How do they intersect? Is the creative act uniquely human? This concert features works composed for OboeBass! since 2019 by composers who provide points of departure for these questions.

Event will also be livestreamed via the Nobel Conference website.
View a PDF of the concert program.


Dance at the Nobel Conference


Choreographer: Astrid Axtman ’22 
This dance choreographed and performed by Gustavus students is pre-recorded and will be shown on the livestream throughout the conference.
Scheduled to air on Tuesday, October 5 at approximately 12 p.m. CDT.

What if we think about the notes in the musical scale as being little pieces of data?
The music we make with those tones can then be thought of as the aggregation of this data created by the way in which we search the data set. Dancing can also be thought of as an exploration of a data set: this time, the human body. This dance is designed to help viewers picture data: what a piece of data may be, outliers, data aggregation, the building and running of algorithms, and the implications of using big data. This piece is a call to explore the way in which one’s life is filled with data sets—both formally classified and existing organically yet to be perceived by you.