‘Have you been Listening?’ is a public art installation, that acts as a snapshot of individual experiences throughout COVID by examining the major global protests that have occurred, in spite of the social distancing policies.
This work incorporates images and sounds taken from the protests and the corresponding country’s covid data during the time of the protest. The screams of the protest will act as a calling card to passers-by and create a crowd. In this way it allows people to join the protest by mimicking the physical nature of one.
Each portal shows the hashtag, location and time frame of the protest, as well as the corresponding covid data on the number of cases and deaths during that time frame. Each portal contains a QR code image that relates to each portal.
In the intended design, users are able to interact with the piece by scanning the QR code. This will allow the user to open a web-page where they can swipe left and right to ‘change the channel’.
I was inspired by Melbourne artist Tomislav Nikolic. Nikolic’s work explores the relationship between colours by playing off various colours in rhythmic, concentric rectangles. His work’s colour pallets are extracted from renowned classical paintings. I took inspiration from the way he extracted material from existing work and re-contextualised them through colour.
There were multiple points of data that needed to be collected for this work. The data was then fed through using a combination of JSON files and Excel spreadsheets.
Each protest has a signature hashtag that makes it identifiable.
Images are curated from websites that contain information on the protest.
Sounds are gathered from live footages of the protests found on YouTube, and converted into wav files.
One kind of protest can/has occurred all over the world.
Collected through an online database.
I performed user testing on three participants, through which it was expressed that they struggled to clearly identify the data. However after iterating the visuals to include more visual affordances, participants explained that they didn’t like them; explaining that it stopped them from immersing themselves within the art.
Below are images that demonstrate the visual evolution of the work.