In the weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, almost three million of the country's 44 million residents have left the country. The rate of the Ukrainian exodus is unprecedented in recent history.
This is a data-driven newspaper reporting on the Russia-Ukraine War and Ukraine's refugee crisis with a real-time data prototype of visualizing the counts with font size and numbers of refugees fleeing Ukraine. What were the most common words in the news about Russia-Ukraine War? In this newspaper, all the words in the news can be counted and their frequency is represented by fonts and rectangles of varying sizes to create diagrams that report on the real-time Russia-Ukraine War. The installation provides conversations through graphic design, more than numbers, facts, text, literature, or analysis; and allows viewers to do more than flip through the newspaper. Numbers don't do justice to the people involved, each with their own story, and they don't stir action.
The crisis before us is not only the staggering number of refugees with nowhere to go right now, but the temptation to turn away in a time that asks something of each of us. Lives in Process creates an immersion that invites the most personal exploration: one that allows each viewer to consider what it's like to live life at its most vulnerable—and to ponder what we owe to one another. It merges many forms and sources of information into one exhibition, using text in counterpoise to images, facts, and to the pure—a mix that serves as a reminder of the complexity we don't see when we simply read an article or look at a photograph. Data offers an alternate kind of voice. I believe the scale of the crisis as it is right now can only be fully depicted and understood through statistics and facts. Data can perhaps help our minds and hearts to process these events beyond what is seen in the news. It offers an alternative to the conditioning and close-mindedness of the mainstream media that serves to desensitize viewers to news debate.
I hope that can begin here, with people seeing, that as human beings, we're all part of this.This is the biggest subject of our times. The reasons for this refugee crisis have been building, but now we see it all very clearly in front of us with more people on the move, and more people dying on the way to safety.