Explorative Spatial Analysis
This work is a spatial and interactive installation which is based on a linguistic analysis of 14,000 birth reports and makes narrative patterns tangible in an experimental way.
It enables the visitor to chronologically experience these clusters by following the created parkour through these narrative patterns. For instance, cluster one marks the beginning of the story and starts with situating the women and the family. The biggest cluster 8 deals with the topic of pain and other clusters in the back which mark the end of the story deal with recap informations such as weight of the baby and acknowledgements to friends and family for the support during the pregnancy.
The acrylic glass tiles represent the particular statements within the clusters and the height of them indicates their frequency in the data set. The higher the more frequent and the bigger the projection on the floor. These projections are basically displaying the traces these statements leave behind and therefore the narrative patterns.
Audio devices give access to the abstractly displayed data in a computational voice. This procedure also displays the contradictions enountered within the project, for instance having these emotional statements translated into a schematizing visualization.
On the one hand, this project is a reflection on data handling and data processing by considering material, and on the other hand, the interaction design perspective brings new benefits in communicating research results to a wider audience, thereby generating a new narrative in handling data.