2019 | Triennale Milano
Broken Nature | The Room of Change
Dataviz, Data Art, and Exhibition
Opened on March 1st, 2019, the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, highlights the concept of restorative design and studies the state of the threads that connect humans to their natural environments – some frayed, others altogether severed.
Besides our contribution, the room hosts 2 big screens projecting images of our earth changing from above from the NASA Archive and covering the past 20 years. With our piece, we wanted to complement the “bigger scale” of the projections with a type of story about change that could be relatable, smaller and connected to our everyday lives and our mundane experience.
The dataset represents chemical elements discovered through time.
The dataset represents predictions of apocalypses.
The dataset represents recorded epidemics that has happened in the world.
They are illustrated through a number of global data sets (world population, average temperatures, disease rates, energy consumption, et cetera) to frame large-scale phenomena with broad strokes as well as single and specific stories that will directly or indirectly represent the micro consequences of the large-scale phenomena (such as the disappearing Aral Sea, the dip in life expectancy in Cambodia during its civil war, the quick shift in South Korean exports from agricultural products and commodities to high tech, and more).