LSDvis: Hallucinatory data visualisations in real world environments

Room: 110

2023-10-23T03:00:00ZGMT-0600Change your timezone on the schedule page
Exemplar figure, described by caption below
Examples of LSDvis based on Australian landmarks. Left: A bar chart of popular visiting times blended onto the facade of the Federation Square building. Middle: An area chart of visiting vehicle counts added as a rock in The Twelve Apostles. Right: A pie chart of revenue percentages blended into the shells of the Sydney Opera House.

We propose the concept of "LSDvis": the (highly exaggerated) visual blending of situated visualisations and the real-world environment to produce data representations that resemble hallucinations. Such hallucinatory visualisations incorporate elements of the physical environment, twisting and morphing their appearance such that they become part of the visualisation itself. We demonstrate LSDvis in a "proof of proof of concept", where we use Stable Diffusion to modify images of real environments with abstract data visualisations as input. We conclude by discussing considerations of LSDvis. We hope that our work promotes visualisation designs which deprioritise saliency in favour of quirkiness and ambience.