The Secret Lives of Numbers

From Rhizome Artbase
Golan Levin
2002
Description

The Secret Lives of Numbers is an interactive data visualization and net artwork resulting from an exhaustive empirical study to determine the relative popularity of every integer between zero and one million. The artists explain, "...certain numbers, such as 212, 486, 911, 1040, 1492, 1776, 68040, or 90210, occur more frequently than their neighbors because they are used to denominate the phone numbers, tax forms, computer chips, famous dates, or television programs that figure prominently in our culture." The resulting information exhibits an extraordinary variety of patterns which serve as a snapshot of the collective consciousness.

Rhizome staff
2021

The Secret Lives of Numbers is an interactive data visualization and online net artwork. The artists conducted an exhaustive empirical study to determine the relative popularity of every integer between zero and one million. The resulting information exhibits an extraordinary variety of patterns which reflect our culture, our minds, and our bodies.

Golan Levin
13 April 2002
Legacy descriptive tags
Golan Levin, Jonathan Feinberg, Martin Wattenberg, Shelly Wynecoop, Turbulence, turbulence.org, http://www.turbulence.org/Works/nums/, The Secret Lives of Numbers
Attribution: Golan Levin
Collaborative, Conceptual, Database, Documentary, information map, archive, browser, interface, Internet, memory, netart, HTML, Java, Perl, software, Visual
Attribution: Rhizome staff
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Variant History
outside link
2002
open submission
13 April 2002
Golan Levin