Fleshmaps – Studies of Desire

September 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Fleshmaps is an ‘artistic study’ by the famous data visualisation duo of Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, who have recently joined Google. This project  was completed in 2008 and was one of the first I noticed to use Mechanical Turk as a way of surveying a large sample online. The result shows intensity of desire points, both ‘to be touched’ and ‘to touch’ for male and female. To gather the data, they asked questions relating to 707 points on the body, with more dense collections of points in the anticipated areas of interest. Check out the “look” and “Listen” areas also, as there are some really quirky stuff there. My favourite for simplicity sake are the hairs around male’s nipples. Check out the Music and Rebus sections too – slightly grotesque bubbles of bodies interact with genres and poetry.

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