BRENDAN M. WEST

I am a multidisciplinary creative with a passion for technology, music and interactive design.

COVID 19 DEATHS: ABSOLUTE VS RELATIVE

This exhibition compares absolute numbers of covid deaths between countries as well as deaths per million people of countries with a population of at least one million.

Absolute numbers are often used in the media to portray the number of deaths for a country. But this can be misleading. A country with a higher population would be expected to have a higher number of deaths, therefore a better way to compare this data would be to use death numbers per a portion of the total population.

To achieve this, the exhibition uses balloons to represent total death numbers per country. As one would expect, their sizes vary dramatically. But it is the shadows on the wall that depict a more accurate story as they have been tuned by the position of the balloon in relation to a light source to represent death numbers per million.

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