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A visualization of life and death
Museu del Disseny de 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
We created the space where people could experience the data of a very important topic in an extended physical way. The installation was made up of a grid of 800 balloons which marked the point between one’s real age and the age at which they would like to die, contrasting the information with their gender. The higher the balloon the more answers that point had from the public. The white balloons represented spaces where no one wanted to die.
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 isolation, from our phones, laptops and even the newspapers, which display information for individual experiences. By displaying information in a three-dimensional space we created an area for collective reading, a space for discussion, where everyone was invited to speak their minds and compare their own answers with the general public.
The Mood Test