A group project exploring the concept of ‘success’.
We started with the question: ‘How do we measure success’. But quickly moved on to a consideration of the presentation of the data of success. We talked about the website ‘Information is beautiful‘. Data can be presented as ‘dry’ and dull. But with imagination it can be brought alive.
We set ourselves the task of researching data and coming up with a personal response to the data in more visual or imaginative forms.
I started with a very simple scheme. Taking the team GB 2012 Olympic medal tally and modifying it visually.
I then considered working with tall buildings and drug use in the cities the buildings are built in. The buildings in silhouette resemble needles. And is there a link between wealthy towers and drug culture?
Exploring grids and audio-visual possibilities. Still sticking with the Team GB Olympic Medal totals. Here are two grids representing the Gold, Silver and Bronze tallies.
I then finally created a video using video screen capture of an audio-visual generator and edited it into four parts. Each section represents the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Total tallies in the number of white squares in the grid.
I’m fairly satisfied with the final piece. But part of me would like to have gone more abstract. I didn’t manage to get away from creating a visual representation of some basic data. My original idea was to make the end piece unrecognisable from the starting data.
However I did learn about video-screen shots and some new editing techniques. And I still think it is interesting to explore the ‘misuse of apps’ – playing with internet applications in a way that they were originally not intended for.
I will post another blog regarding the other work done in our group and our whole course show.
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