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Student Showcase Archive

Jiayu Liu

MA work

MA work

  • wind


  • wind rose

    wind rose

  • within invisibility

    within invisibility

  • wind rose

    wind rose

Within Invisibility

What if we use wind to represent wind?

This project is about nostalgia, personal investigation, and testing the boundaries of data visualisation, and creating a multisensory experience of invisible data. Within Invisibility renders wind data into a multisensory experience. Live data comes from 40 major Chinese cities, each represented by two fans. Each fan shows a graph called a rose or  curve,. Wind speed change over the past six hours is proportionally condensed into six seconds, in order to fully visualise a full day’s wind dynamics within a visitor’s attention span.

I want to explore the connection between one’s perception of a city and its data. Though invisible, wind is a universal force, tightly connected with a city’s climate, landscape, even infrastructure and traffic. Thus I have chosen wind as an agent to express multiple layers of data, to allow viewers to not only see but feel the data just as one feels the wind, be it gusty gale or gentle breeze.



  • Jiayu Liu
  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2014

  • I am a designer and media artist, interested in physical data visualisation and interactive code.

    In my first year, I made a tent and invited  visitors inside. The sounds playing in the tent constructed an artificial yet convincing environment that was very different from the real world outside. Earlier this year, I asked  audience to blow bubbles into my 'bubble machine', which turned them into black-and-white digital bubbles. 

    About my final show work: Within Invisibility is a wind data-based art project. The core concept is to skip the jargon of conventional 'wind charts' or 'wind speed visualisation',  and to transfer wind data into real, windy atmosphere, connecting data with multi-sensational experience. 

    My design challenge has always been to provoke behaviour responses and emotional resonance from  audiences without giving away any instructions or explanations. My work often lets the users transcend between two worlds.

  • Exhibitions

  • ARTCUBE, Second Home, London, 2014 ; London Fashion Week AW, l2014 ; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2014; Design Futures, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2013; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2013; London Urban Prototype Festival , Festival Park, 2013 ; Data Space, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2013
  • Awards

  • Winner, Urban Prototyping London, 2013
  • Publications

  • Xinru Long and Jiangshan Zhou, 'The Art of Data Visualisation: Decoding Visual Dialogues in Information Visualisation in the UK', Asian Design Publication Project, p.136