data driven illlustration-100 Working Mice
The illustration has been created as part of practical research into how and if automated and live illustration is possible. What makes it different from traditional animation is that actions and behaviour are not predetermined but are programmed to respond to real-time events. Data Driven Illustration takes its cue from Data visualisation and Big Data stories, but uses these methods of data mining and visualisation to create deliberately subjective visual narratives, not to explain the data, but to make the data and illustration reflect on the story behind them.
The data-driven illustration 100 Working Mice illustrates a critical report on the present work-life balance by the New Economic Foundation: Why we all need a shorter working week (Coote and Franklin, 2013). In it’s grim drudgery, it points to the working conditions of the present market driven economy and indicates the need for a more humane working system.
This clip shows a screengrab of a 24 hour cycle of the data-driven illustration, compressed into 2 minutes.
This clip shows a screengrab of the moment working mice come in in the morning, in real-time.