How to represent the ongoing changes of our planet? How can we develop new modes of writing to help us understand our world? How to articulate centuries of graphic skills and human knowledge with recent practices of data?

Micro Meso Macro is a two-days event that gathers scientists from multiple disciplines (earth sciences, social sciences, life sciences, computer science, data science, etc.) with designers, architects and artists to exchange about their visual practices of data.

As its name suggests, Micro Meso Macro investigates the multiple scales of life. Time, geography, networks, relationships, quantities… : they come in all sizes and shapes. This event provides an account of works and reflections that have used data to visually explore different dimensions of reality.

We believe that our goal in discussing visualisation should not be to seek an unified approach to writing, but to support a diverse set of possibilities, tools and authoring styles. The visual grammar of data still in the making. Important explorations still to be conducted in the domain of representation to invent new mental models, develop new tools, create new ways of observing. We hope this event will provide a space to discuss them.


Talks and panels will explore different visual methods, technics, theories and culture of data.


Thursday, November 15th

ENS de Lyon - Site Monod (1st floor)

09:30 Welcome Coffee IXXI meeting room
10:00 Clément Renaud Introduction IXXI meeting room
10:30 Martin O'Leary Imaginary Cartography Room 116
11:15 Philippe Rivière Projection Games Room 116
12:00 Lunch IXXI meeting room
13:30 Kirell Benzi Artworks from Scientific Data Room 116
14:15 Sebastian Grauwin Dynamics of Scientific Networks Room 116
15:00 Sara Lenzi Data Sonification Room 116
15:45 Coffee Break IXXI meeting room
16:30 Philippe Rivière Workshop
Generative cartography with Javascript and Observable HQ
Room 116
18:00 End Day 1

Friday, November 16th

ENS de Lyon - Site Monod (1st floor)

09:30 Morning Coffee IXXI meeting room
10:00 Aurélien Tabard Workshop
Plants as a Visualization Medium
Room 117
12:00 Lunch IXXI meeting room
13:30 Dario Rodighiero Hexagons, Satellites, and Semantic Background Room 117
14:15 Samuel Huron Indexical Visualization Room 117
15:00 Titouan Poisson The Atlas of Data Room 117
15:45 Coffee Break IXXI meeting room
16:30 Unboxing blackbox technologies Room 117
17:15 Closing Remarks and Discussions Room 117
18:00 End Day 2


Talks will be hosted in the rooms 116 and 117 on the first floor of the Monod site of ENS de Lyon.

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The two day are free, open to all audiences, including students from outside the ENS.

Registration will be closed on November 7th.

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