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Ebola Armoury

This visualisation intent to explore and ultimately address the representational qualities of the visual information we received from the media concerning the Ebola epidemic.

Different means of visual representation, for example graphs and photographs, cause different reactions based on their intrinsic nature, each having both limitations and benefits. I hypothesised that photographs inspire a more emotive response, whereas graphs give a cold statistical overview.
After a period of intensive objective observation, I noticed that photographs are, in a different manner, as anonymous as the graphs. I observed that in a sample collection of photographs there is no reference to time, location or to the identity of the people - especially with doctors in a protective suit. But there is a recurrence of certain objects, scenes, settings.

This lead me to the idea that I could represent Ebola in a different way, through objects involved in the epidemic situation. I hypothesise that looking at the body of objects would enable a better sense of scale, time and amounts of the disease. An object is a means through which to relate the complexity of the information to a familiar form.

I collected the data from a telephone interview with Dr Fabrizio Pulvirenti, an Italian doctor working for Emergency in Sierra Leone who consequently contracted the Ebola virus.  → to the news coverage

Data from the Lakka Emergency Centre in Sierra Leone.

The sources from which I collect the visual material are mostly published by leading news media. I accept that this material I had access to has already undergone a process of filtering and editing.

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