examines the perception of the cost of war. The underlying
data in this work is the list of coalition troops killed in
the Iraq, and was obtained from the website icasualties.org.
This version uses data from March 2003 through April 23, 2007.
Small graphics are displayed in chronological order at the same time as
the individuals name and rank are displayed at the bottom of the
display. The graphics are located randomly on the screen. The
intent is not to show any organized grouping of the fallen, but rather
to give a sence of scale.
Seeing the display fill chronologically imparts a more
tangible experience of this loss than simply hearing a single number.
As quickly as the display is updated, the length of time
necessary to show all 3329 names gives an additional sense
what the number really means.
The states listed for each soldier is also displayed, and the
corresponding state is highlighted when the soldier's name appears.
The final color displayed for each soldier denotes their rank as
officer or elisted men. Green denotes privates, seargents,
etc. while Purple indicates and officier (lietenant, major, etc.).
The viewer can decide what if any signifcance there is in
this color coding.
The purpose of this piece is largely apolitical and makes no stance for
or against the war. Rather, it is an attempt to try and
convey the real cost in human life which is often lost in