FIGURE OF ___
Opening December 10th, 5:30 PM
2 Walls Gallery
Natural Sciences Building #1064
Interactive Design, 2015, by Prof. Hakan Topal
FIGURE OF ____
is to be part of a significant and noticeable thing.
The current exhibit is a snapshot of existing social, political and economic realities. By looking more closely, FIGURE OF ___ encourages us to consider how we have made a contribution to these realities constantly unfolding around us. Through the use of data visualizations, we are presenting some of the pressing global issues to understand human impacts on habitat.
It’s only getting worse. The number of refugees is increasing. There are hundreds of thousands of people traveling ocean routes looking for peace in Europe. Not all can make it – sinking boats, death, double-crossing smugglers – take a look beyond the numbers.
CEO VS. LOWEST SALARY
This project provides comparisons between CEOs and their lowest paid employee salaries by putting a well-known name in the same space as the common employee.
DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS SOLD HERE
Due to one of the worst droughts in the state’s history, California homeowners have taken various approaches to reduce water usage by altering their landscaping and incorporating drought-tolerant plants. Residents rather have rather artificial plants, rocks, and decorative dirt than letting their lawns turn brown and showing the true color of the effects of the drought. While it is a means to conserve water, it is also a superficial way of covering up this intense climate change.
TO COMPOST OR TO TRASH?
A discussion on the benefits of composting and the effects of throwing away possible compostable trash. This project highlights the process of composting at SUNY Purchase College, focusing on the Rocket Composter machine located on our campus.
HOMOSEXUALITY VS. RELIGION
Through research, I have discovered a correlation between religiosity and labeling homosexuality as illegal. I have explored the western countries that are the most religious ones. It is interesting to comprehend the level of LGBT freedoms in those contexts.
COURTNEY DANIELLE (a.k.a. DA BIG CHEESE)
Casual Encounters tells the stories of survivors of sex trafficking, revealing the unsettling truth that sex workers are not always consenting adults in the US.
One of the top two leading causes of clinical depression is divorce and unemployment. This project intends to finds connections between the two through analyzing data about states that suffer from the highest rate of depression and finding correlations to the rate of unemployment. Focusing on the top three states, a generalization of the problem will be displayed.
MIND THE BPA
As a result of the Anthropocene, I am exploring the vaguely understood creation of Bisphenol-A and the effects it has today. Produced during the process of making plastics, BPA has shown evidence that it disrupts human hormones when coming into contact with us. My goal is to make society more aware and more cautious of what they let their bodies come in contact to.
Ocean Acidification is the ongoing decrease in pH levels in the earth oceans, resulting from the uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The fast-changing environmental conditions pose a huge threat to the oceanic ecosystem and biodiversity. Through focusing on the effects elevated carbon dioxide has on the ecologically and economically important Walleye Pollock, the severity of this issue can be understood.
More than 700,000 migrants have already arrived, and it is estimated that over a million will head to Europe before the end of 2015. These migrants are flocking from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Eritrea, as well as a dozen nations in sub-Saharan and North Africa. They symbolize failed states, unending wars, and intractable conflicts. While this period is called the “European Migrant Crisis,” it is important to remember that there are between six to eight million people displaced in Syria, along with more than four million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. As these numbers continue to increase, it is important to understand the conditions on the ground through visual communication.
FIGURE OF SPEECH
English is the most commonly known language in the world. In a country where the average citizen speaks less than two languages, what would the world look like if we couldn’t rely on others to speak only English to communicate? Let’s have a look.