I Know Where Your Cat Lives

2014–

I Know Where Your Cat Lives iknowwhereyourcatlives.com is a data visualization that locates seven million public images of cats on a world map by the latitude and longitude coordinates users unknowingly uploaded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer in order to represent the enormity of the data source.

This project explores two uses of the internet: one that promotes sharing for the sociable and humorous appreciation of domesticated felines, and another where personal data is exploited by startups and international mega-corporations who are ushering in a new era of decreased privacy for all. I Know Where Your Cat Lives does not visualize all the cats on the net, only those that allow us to track where their owners have been.

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Art In The Age Of… Planetary Computation, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (2015)
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Art In The Age Of… Planetary Computation, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (2015)

Images

High-resolution images

Press

Technology

HTML5, CSS3, Twitter Bootstrap 3, Javascript / jQuery, history.js, Google Map API, MarkerClustererPlus, MarkerWithLabel, PHP 5, MySQL, Apache, Python, SciPy K-means clustering

Tags

visualization, grids