Chris Jordan

Categories: Net Art
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Published on: 24 September 2010

Chris Jordan trasforma dei dati statistici in arte in modo molto creativo e stimolante.

Le serie Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait (2006-2009)Running the Numbers II: Portraits of global mass culture (2009 – 2010), per esempio, partono da dati statistici relativi ai consumi degli americani, nel primo caso, e ai fenomeni di massa, nel secondo, per creare delle immagini che danno un’idea della vastità del fenomeno.

Sulla prima serie, l’autore scrive:

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

Le immagini pubblicate sul web sono ingrandibili in modo da rivelare la loro composizione. Qui sotto un esempio dalla prima serie a vari livelli di ingrandimento.

Nota: l’animazione dello zoom richiede il plugin Moonlight di Microsoft.

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