Conflict Deaths (1915-Present)

In: Food History Innovative Politics

21 May 2011

In a strange juxtaposition of imagery, this photo uses fake blood and kitchen containers to visualize 38 million deaths from various conflicts. Overall, I really like the concept, but from the way the objects are arranged and the angle of the photograph (with the blood taking up only the lower 20% of the photo), they visually seem small to me. Also, I don’t quite get the “World Cuisine” title, despite the food/cooking metaphor.

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4 Responses to Conflict Deaths (1915-Present)

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frank jacobs

May 21st, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Imaginative, gut-wrenching, brilliant in every way. Jonathan Swift would be proud.

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Max Winter Osterhaus

May 22nd, 2011 at 1:11 am

yeah, good idea, but really confusing. Really tough to line up the name of the event with the object and since the volumes are in diff containers, it’s tough to compare.

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chenz

June 7th, 2011 at 4:30 am

really interesting idea, but:
– not complete at all. WWII alone resulted in 50-70 million deaths, and only a small fraction is included. The small graph in the corner says that 160 million deaths are not visualized but it’s hard to see.
– visualizing in terms of volume makes it really hard to compare different conflicts, and having different containers makes it even harder.
– the impact of conflicts may be measured better in terms of the % of deaths over the population, instead of the total number of deaths.

Still, really informative. I am surprised at how bloody the Korean War was. I didn’t know that.

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chet

October 17th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

1. i think the title is a reference to the phrase “a taste for blood.”
2. and yes, this would’ve been much more effective if they were at least lined up next to each other.

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