Counting Silence
Counting Silence
Counting Silence

Counting Silence

February 2013

Pictorial visualizations are often useful. Date is usually collected at a specific location or time and therefore exist as an archive – separated from their immediate context or their “story”.
This data archives need the pictorial representation so that its original context (makeshift, abstracted, coded) can be restored and a narrative readability can be created. Indeed, experts in this field can sometimes read from tables of numbers such as in a (Picture) book, others won’t. You need additional pictures – or stories – in order to gain knowledge of numbers and data. Consequently, an assumption: people need images to be able to read numbers.

The question for the course by Prof. Monika Hoinkis was: When and how can numbers be read and understood emotionally immediately?

The work “Counting Silence” deals with the “sea of noise” in our everyday environment and searches for places of silence. In case that the audio level drops below a defined threshold, the counter starts counting the moments of silence.