A data-experience about life expectancy at the Design Museum of Barcelona

DEMO is an event structured around multidisciplinary collaborations between industry and craft exploring new creative processes and methodologies. In this context, Domestic Data Streamers was eager to explore information about demographics and more specifically life expectancy. That’s why we developed one of the biggest data experiences at the Design Museum of Barcelona.

Transforming a database into an info-experience

The installation is made up of a grid of 800 balloons which mark the point between one’s real age and the age at which they would like to die, contrasting the information with their gender. The coordinates where no one wants to die are represented in white, whereas the ones that represent death are in black. A volatile and ephemeral piece that questions our desire to live and an irrefutable end of a journey, or in other words, a lifeline.

The building of the database

For 12 hours, 15 anthropologists around the city of Barcelona took surveys about demographics and life expectancy both on the street and in the Design Museum of Barcelona, interviewing more than 2,000 people. We transformed all the stream of data from the survey into a live infographic represented in three dimensions in a space of 90 metres by 30 metres.

Individual readings towards collective discussions

Today we are used to reading information in a very individualistic way, from our phones, laptops and even the newspapers, who display information for unipersonal experiences. By displaying information in a three-dimensional space we were creating an area for collective reading, a space for discussion, where everyone is invited to discuss and compare their own information with the rest and understand it within a global context.