animated abstractions of human data

Data Art, an emerging art movement that is original and innovative, uses data and generative technologies to create relevant reflections on life in the 21st century.  From the data they generate, I create individual, family, group, and company portraits—animated abstractions of these data—for collectors and audiences.  To do so, I combine psychology, data mining, programming, and audio/video editing.

When a person or organization commissions a video created from their own data I also create three prints from the video.  The prints are frames from the beginning, middle, and end of the video.  Click on the prints to enlarge and click on the videos to watch.


The data driving the shapes, shape locations, and camera perspective are from the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The viewer can see the photons pushing, colliding, and creating, the knowledge gained to the left of the photons, and what is being created and yet to know to the right of the photons. The audio is sounds recorded within the LHC during the search for the Higgs boson.

This Self Portrait video was made with the data from my activity/sleep monitor, DNA, and weblogs.

The data driving this video come from daily police reports for Austin, TX for the year 2012. The three streams are based on misdemeanors, felonies, and major crimes data by longitude and latitude.

Podcast with James Pricer about his CERN data art

by Paul Golding

Indeed, it is hard to overstate the importance of his work in defining what digital art is and why it really matters.


His work in many ways captures the essence of what it means to be human because he builds an aesthetic from real data that represents humanity and human adventures.

Paul Golding

Inventor and Senior Scientist, Klio Art

like a dream, only the dreamer knows what the elements mean. You’re in the dream, and it becomes your dream.

Art Rosewood

Customer, Amazon Video

James is an artist working on exposing self-collected data in new and interesting ways.

Ernesto Ramirez

Co-Founder, QuantifiedSelf, San Francisco

I am particularly intrigued by the parallel between data emerging to conscious being from its current subconscious being and the psychological states of the unconscious versus conscious mind.

Maryhelen Murray

Exhibitions and Collections Assistant, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

copyright 2016 – JEPricer Studio

Featured Artist, James Pricer,… programs striking graphical shapes and animations.

Brooke Carpenter

Artistic Director, Artcast