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Helen Storey | Dress For Our Time Projection Mapping

London, 2017

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0.1 Challenge - Communicate and Stimulate Debate Around the Effect of Migration

To draw attention to global refugees victims, Holition partnered with Helen Storey Foundation, UAL Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the UNHCR to harness the appeal of fashion through a powerful data-visualisation to communicate complex issues and stimulate debate about society and the effect of migration.

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Professor Helen Storey referred to the Dress as a “cloth of human purpose.”

02. Solution - Data That Feels

Using one year’s worth of UNHCR statistics, Holition used creative coding and visualisation technology to create a compelling data visualisation. The visualisation was formed of 80,000 individual points of lights, each of which represented 100 human lives and the movements they had made around the globe, as per UNHCR statistics collected throughout 2015. The data visualisation aimed to show the true human element of the crisis, creatively mapping the journeys people make in search of a better life.

Working with artist and designer Helen Storey MBE RDI, this data visualisation was then projected onto the dress, where each light represented one hundred human lives. Each life was animated to illustrate the journey each one takes in search of a better life showing a map of human migration.

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03. Insight - A Cloth of Human Purpose

Professor Helen Storey referred to the Dress as a “cloth of human purpose”. Through its threads, she explained, it’s able to give life and meaning to otherwise anonymous data. She hoped the project – a combination of science and art – would enable some compassion for a life unknown.

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Data Visualisation Sketch | Dress For Our Time

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1 Pixel = 100 Lives