rootoftwo

Via The Miami Foundation

Goal

To explore how fear is used in contemporary media by creating do-it-yourself kits for making dynamic sculptures that change colors to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories

To explore how fear is used in contemporary media, rootoftwo will expand its “Whithervanes” project, which consists of dynamic sculptures that change colors to reflect the prevalence of fear-related keywords in news stories. The first Whithervanes were commissioned by Creative Foundation to debut at this year’s Folkestone Triennial in the form of headless chickens that rotate away from the geographic origin of each story, indicating the intensity of fear through changing colored lighting and the number of rotations each Whithervane makes. With challenge funding, rootoftwo will create an open-source toolkit and provide workshops to help others create their own sculptures to visualize and humanize additional data and information flows. While these sculptures are intentionally humorous, rootoftwo hopes that the public becomes conscious of how contemporary media and political leaders use fear to sway opinions and actions.

Project Team

The Miami Foundation