The Theoretical Indices of Human Happiness & Obedience to the Standards



The Theoretical Indices of Human Happiness and Obedience to the Standards (BARasia)

2009
Designer: Andrea Dietz


10 different geographic locations—some as cities and some as nations—are organized horizontally in rows. Informations about these cities are organized vertically into 4 major categories: Land, Population, Culture, and Economy. Each major category is divided into several minor categories. For example, Economy is divided into agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, information, financial, etc. And in some of these minor categories, there is a set of bar graphs on specific data sets about these cities and regions. Where there are no bar graphs, we were not able to find the necessary data. Overlaid are some data that we constructed common value systems between 10 different geographic locations. A collection of phrases were also added throughout the drawing to contextualize their values.





Close-up view

The Theoretical Indices of Human Happiness & Obedience to the Standards is a visualization on how a collection of individualized and specifically isolated datum can create a galaxy of fragmentations and a universe of incoherence. Our tradition of creating and working with disassociated data may have historically contributed to the illusionary understanding and use of our environment, and this paradigmatic problem becomes visible when data are visually brought together into one drawing like this. Yet The Theoretical Indices of Human Happiness & Obedience to the Standards does illuminate the given complexity of New Silk Roads, and how relative understanding between different geographical location is vital and necessary step toward creating more realistic and organized understandings of our use of time and space. Using bar graphics, this drawing emulates building shape and clusters in cities, which are the combined product of the data that are visualized here.