Josh Begley

Josh Begley is a data artist and web developer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is the creator of Metadata+, an iPhone app that tracks U.S. drone strikes.

Appropriating publicly available satellite imagery, Begley's work takes advantage of application programing interfaces, or APIs, to build collections of machine-generated images about quotidian life. His work has appeared in Wired, The New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York Magazine, and at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Begley holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and New York University. He currently works at The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media.


Session: Setting Tangents Around A Circle

"If you set enough tangents around a circle, you begin to recreate the shape of the circle itself." —Teju Cole

This talk considers human data -- what lies at the bottom of the ledger -- and tangential approaches to representing historical archives. Paying particular attention to landscape, geography, carcerality, and surveillance, it will examine ways of seeing some of the violence behind the way we live.