Why not? Scott Kildall has developed this idea of data crystals formed from spatial points by a clustering algorithm. Then he can print out the result in a 3-D printer.
It takes some explaining, but I think he does that on his web page. There is something of the puzzle-solving fun about it, and by the time you’ve worked it out, you’ve also learned something about the world’s population, or clustering algorithms, or animation. Job done! The trick is not to make the puzzle too hard or too easy, and this is about right for me, although it already ticked a few of my boxes (multivariate, animation, data art, mmmm) and others might find it just too weird.
Personally, I like the idea of a data installation that is more dataviz than data art. I mean arranging stuff in a 3-D space and letting people interact physically. Maybe it could get even more interactive, like controlling lights by the visitor’s selections or real time data. If anyone out there has inroads to a nice chunk of gallery space and is interested, get in touch y’all. You know curators love a science-art crossover project.
(Spotted via flowingdata.com)