SXSW Interactive 2016

Versus: Sports Sonification and Visualization


Data visualizations, the artistic “beautifications” of data, and its quantification have become front and center in our lives. In our series Versus [VS], we take sports data and interpret them into visualized and sonified artistic works. VS 0.001 uses the data of a billiard match to create a real-time generative composition during gameplay. This generative composition is overlaid onto the natural noises of the game creating an augmented experience. In contrast, for VS 0.002 we use the data of American football, specifically Superbowls, and create a sculpture that represents the game data. The game dataset is distilled into a 3D print that portrays that game’s dynamics and outcomes.

Related Media

Additional Supporting Materials


  1. Can a data visualization present information in a new format that makes it easier to understand?
  2. What sort of sculpture can data make?
  3. What sort of music can be made from data?



Markus Vogl, Asst Professor, University of Akron

Meta Information:

  • Tags: visualization, sports, art
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Art, Science and Inspiration
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

Add Comments

comments powered by Disqus

SXSW reserves the right to restrict access to or availability of comments related to PanelPicker proposals that it considers objectionable.