László Albert Barabási (1967), network researcher and visual artist, his solo exhibition Riadólánc (phone tree) at acb’s Attachment space is built on a unique data visualization, which is based on the identity and persona of the artist and scientist at the same time.
Barabási and his research team investigated human reactions to emergencies and disasters that occurred between January 2007 and January 2009, and came up with the complex images generated from the mobile phone data of witnesses at the scene of these events.
The main question of the study was who a witness or a survivor calls on their mobile phone and how many times. The graph, first born as a graph (a complex network), was reinterpreted by Barabásit years later as an embroidery pattern, thus converting the earlier data visualisation into a textile format. His works related to this project are now on show in his chamber exhibition.