Data art is on the rise. Jacoba Urist for the Atlantic gets into the beginnings and its current prevalence.
Art is a constant march of expansion, according to Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at New York University, whose research includes the sociology of art. Pop art incorporated comic books and ordinary soup cans. Edvard Munch’s expressionist painting, The Scream captured the anxiety and isolation of modern life. “Now there’s the digital self, the newest kid on the block and so of course, artists are there,” he explained. “Art and environment are very much in cahoots.”
A lot of good stuff and worth the read.
Although I’m not sure about the categorization of data artists in either the scientific data arena or quantified self one. I’m pretty sure it’s a much wider and continuous spectrum.