Numbers

This is my submission for Paraflows, an exhibition in Vienna dealing with ‘un-space’. That is, not-space.

This work uses real statistics on Austria to create an image of Austria.
Statistics, representing a real-life environment are, by their very nature, an un-space, as they only exist on paper. For example, the statistic that 1% of Austrians are members of voluntary environmental organizations is nothing but a number and doesn’t say anything about each individual living in Austria, except in general terms, on an abstract level.
However, these numbers, these statistics, create a representation of a physical space, Austria, therefore pretending that statistics can actually be representative for a real life construct.

The statistics came from Wikipedia and NationMaster. The work is available under a creative commons license.

Update: This map of Austria was featured on the excellent Strangemaps blog.

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