Royal College of Art
MA Information Experience Design
Concept & fabrication:
Helen Mair, Annelise Keestra, Oyinkansola Akande
Dominic Tschudin, Annelise Keestra
Sculptural representation investigating issues of data manipulation. This piece looks at the inflation of information to promote an agenda.
Shown are the inverted percentages of refugee populations in five countries from Syria as of the end of 2014 (source UNHRC). A model lifeboat overfilled with people sits in the centre of the cones. The outer end of each cone is fitted with a magnifying lens that enlarges and distorts the boat by greater amounts in proportion to the distance from the centre.
The cones represent Turkey (smallest cone, over 1.5 million Syrian refugees as of end 2014), Iraq, Jordan, Germany, and UK (largest cone, less than 5,000 Syrian refugees as of end 2014).