By nature, presenting information visually involves simplifying: cleaning up complicated data sets or bits of information, so you can more clearly demonstrate a main point.
For example, while a chart of stock prices might show that a company is doing well and it might provide the context of related events (such as the recession), some elements that have affected that stock price are left out: a very warm winter, speculation, political strife in a competing company’s country, and so forth.
The act of presenting information visually can, ironically, obscure information — for the sake of making that information more easily digestible.
Atomic Surplus, a brand-new interdisciplinary exhibition at Santa Fe, NM’s Center for Contemporary Arts, is a reaction to streamlined visualizations. In this case, the National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored exhibition shows how our... keep reading