tally

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tally

2010

CLIENT

Personal project

PROBLEM

How to measure the amount of lives lost everyday?

IDEA

Count everyone of them

DEVELOPMENT TIME

Idea Development 80 Hours
Execution 24 Hours
Data preparation 35 Hours

Tally;

definition: a device (as a notched rod or mechanical counter) for visibly recording or accounting especially business transactions;
a : a recorded reckoning or account (as of items or charges)<keep a daily tally of accidents>;
b : a score or point made (as in a game).

Around 24.000 children die every day of famine, but it does not make the news. In comparison to terrorism, since 2001, 8 people died every day. That is 0.03% the number of children.

I set myself to count every child that would die, in a period of 24 hours. Every 3,6 seconds I pressed a button that would measure how much pressure I applied and make a picture of me. I did not sleep, drink or eat during this period. When I heard the beep every 3.6 seconds I pressed the button.

The result is a short movie with all the pictures resulting in a 24 hours timelapse and a 2m x 1,20m poster. If I pushed the button harder, it would draw a bigger circle. If I pushed only gently, the circle would be smaller. Both the poster and timelapse were displayed in an exhibition in the HTWG-Konstanz in July 2010.

Exhibition