World Statistical Data, “As If To Nothing”

How would you display statistical data about the earth and its population of humans, flora, and species? What about diseases, deaths from war, births, deaths, marriages, divorce and abortions? Drownings, poisonings, and fires? Oil, cars, and bicycles? And if you want to display this data all at once and show how it changes over time, how would you show all of this data as changing information?

How about making a display that uses 3 colors, is bare and simple, and set to Bruckner’s 7th Symphony? Andreas Templin did just that with this very uncomplicated (to view) display of 2010 statistical data.


The author writes about the display:

The video-installation “as if to nothing” comprises of a selection of statistical data of the earth and its population. This data, created by various governmental and intergovernmental sources and displayed in a specific and subjective interdependency, is combined with the highly dramatic second move of Bruckner’s 7th symphony which is being looped for the screening. This music-piece, a tour-de-force through human emotions, is used to underline the weight of the subject-matter of this artwork. The video-installation is in fact a computer-programme which utilizes the internal clock of the computer to calculate the statistical algorithms, which are updated on a yearly basis.

I would like to know the source of this data, and a little more about how he programmed it over time. For example, does the population increase (births) at a steady stream, or does it vary? Do people die at an even rate, or does the rate vary over time? Otherwise, I find the display of data to be quite straightforward.

What do you like and/or dislike about Templin’s display of world statistical data? If you had the same data, how would you display it?

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