Featured in Aftenposten's Live Blog on the March 22 Climate Rally.
Longlisted for the 2019 Information is Beautiful Awards.
Killing Time is the first design probe from datainpublic, a two-person design initiative investigating how public data x digital media x public space might create spaces & scenarios for the public to engage with the sociopolitical issues of our day.
We have seen examples of beautiful public installations aiming to increase awareness of the consequences of climate change. But we wondered: do we, as individuals, need more data about climate change? Are we already aware, but just not acting? And if we don't (actively) care about this data, what data do we care about?
Many Oslo bus stops have a small screen that shows a countdown to buses arriving imminently, with a scrolling ticker line at the bottom of the screen showing buses whose arrival is a bit further out.
Using this visual language, we created a live visual that pulls bus arrival times from Ruter’s API, and replaces the scrolling line with a countdown to when some experts have projected we will hit the 2 degree C warming limit. With this visual, we were looking to juxtapose the way we process different types of data; while we may not pay attention to data that has an immense impact on our collective futures, we do care greatly about the data that impacts us minute by minute - when the movie plays at the cinema, when the train leaves, when the bus arrives to take us home.
We projected the visual onto a moderately busy street, testing different text, placement and brightness. We saw passers-by stop to read the text. For those facing the visual while waiting for the bus, it became an object of curiosity and conversation. As they counted down minute by minute the time left until their bus arrived, they also saw that those same, eagerly passed minutes brought them closer to another, very different arrival time.
We turned Killing Time into a customizable campaign kit for Natur og Ungdom to promote the 22 March climate rally. The work continues to be exhibited at Oslo's Kulturhuset.
With Boris Kourtoukov.