Category Archives: art

Seeing statistics

 

Design Boom recently featured this simple but incredibly powerful installation by Brooklyn-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz. Using the wall outside his studio, he’s created a simple tally of some sobering numbers: military combat deaths in Iraq in 2009, and military suicides in 2009.

From Design Boom:

‘When I first found the overall statistics that summed the 304 suicides by US soldiers during 2009, I was shocked. I tried to find a number to compare that statistic. To my surprise the suicide statistic doubled the total of 149 US soldiers that had died in the Iraq war during 2009 and equaled the number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.’

Errazuriz’s first instinct was to post the statistic on facebook—dumbfounded by the lack of response and interest, he bought can of black paint and decided to ‘post’ the news in the real world on his own wall outside his studio in Brooklyn. Equipped with a ladder, he marked a black strip for every dead soldier, until both the suicide rates and war rates occupied the entire wall and were registered as a single image.

We’ve probably all seen the sprawling flag or cross installations—one marker for every fallen soldier—that occasionally pop up in parks, beaches, and along highways. We’ve also all looked at online infographics or charts that show similar numbers.
Errazuriz’s approach is far simpler, but brings the message home in a way that’s disarming and heartbreaking. You can see more photos and read the rest of the interview here.

 
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The best of the web in one easy bite

https://docs.google.com/present/embed?id=df7rw7vz_338cz6ngnd6&size=m

Warning: this will make you procrastinate

Banksy does the Simpsons

Of course, this isn’t the first time the show has taken a swipe at Fox: the cartoon has parodied Fox News, while the network’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, has appeared in the show as a “billionaire tyrant”.

It is the first time an artist has been involved in the opening credits of the show, credited with being the most successful television brand of all time. Al Jean, The Simpsons executive producer, joked: “This is what you get when you outsource.”

Banksy is said to have been inspired by reports that Simpsons characters are animated in Seoul, South Korea.

The sequence is said to have been one of the most closely guarded secrets in US television – comparable to the concealment of Banksy’s own identity.

The episode, MoneyBart, will be shown in the UK on 21 October.

Mapping stereotypes

Yanko Tsvetkov has produced a fantastic series of maps looking at the way we see stereotypes. You can see the full set and buy large prints on his website – but these are some of my favourites.


Where I Live
Map. Digital illustration. Editorial for Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 2009


Europe according to Germany
Map. Digital illustration.


Europe according to Italy
Map. Digital illustration.


Europe according to Britain
Map. Digital illustration.


Europe according to Gay Men
Map. Digital illustration.

(ps, thanks for the spot, Max)

Online communities – world map

Click image to view large (recommended). By XKCD.

(ps – thanks for the spot Max!)

My birthday card from Charlie

World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Animation

“Professor Fletcher’s invention of the CellScope, which is a Nokia device with a microscope attachment, was the inspiration for a teeny-tiny film created by Sumo Science at Aardman. It stars a 9mm girl called Dot as she struggles through a microscopic world. All the minuscule detail was shot using CellScope technology and a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics.” — Nokia