Data science for arts and culture
Vishal Kumar is an academic, analyst, artist and entrepreneur born and raised in London. He is interested in technology for arts and culture, the science of cities, and uses data in a creative and impactful way, particularly data visualisation, information design & generative
art. Vishal is a research student at The Bartlett's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL researching the economic and social impact of arts and culture in cities, he is a Visiting Associate the Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) London based at King’s College London, and is a visiting lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and
He uses a combination of data science and visualization, machine
learning and computer vision, urban economics and social media analytics having written several blog posts and co-authored an academic paper. Vishal works as a cultural data scientist for a range of public and private cultural institutions, which includes Waltham Forest Council for the London Borough of Culture programme, and is an Associate at Futurecity.
Vishal is also interested in championing arts and culture through entrepreneurship. He is the CEO and co-founder of Photogram.ai, a computational photography startup, and was a semi-finalist in the Creative Industries Award for the Mayor of London's Entrepreneur Competition 2019. He is also a visual artist in resident at the Public Sphere Salons in London. Vishal previously studied at the London School of Economics and Sotheby’s Institute of Art and worked at Sotheby’s as a Data Scientist.