The Cost of War by Shobhan Shah
Cost of War - Visualised
We live in the age of big data where sometimes truth and emotional significance can be buried in a mountain of information. Communication designer Shobhan Shah has put together a thoughtful installation which shows how clever design can help us to visualise and understand the emotional impact of data.
The Cost of War is a simple installation of two fluorescent light tubes in a dark space. Every second that passes represents a single day of the 2003-2011 war in Iraq. The first light flickers for every civilian life that has been lost in the hands of the US-led coalition force whilst a flicker of the second light represents a civilian life killed by opposing forces. In a darkened gallery the flickers of light present a disturbingly physical sense of the scale of the tragedy in an experience that is deeply moving and contemplative.
Shobhan Shah is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (MA Information Experience Design) and the Cost of War installation is part of his graduation project.
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