Culturally Biased Data Sets

This multi channel video installation takes the form of monitors running the “Culturally Biased Data Sets” program, a Flash application that consists of an animation of a walking stick figure, a graph that displays information as movement rather than information as pie charts.
It features a stick figure whose proportions such as body size, posture, or walking speed change depending on the country it’s getting its data from– for instance, if it is using a “China” dataset, its body is quite large to reflect the population. If it represents the UK, the body is small, etc.

Parameters:
1) Head size: Literacy rate
2) Body size: Population
3) Length of arm movement: Percentage of population incarcerated
4) Height of stride: total gold medals in all world Olympics
5) Length of stride: gross domestic product

You can check out the actual project here.

Or you can see a video of the installation at Phantom Gallery in Long Beach, California.


“Culturally Biased Data Sets” from Eric Medine on Vimeo.


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