Uncertainty Index


Collaboration with Casey Farina

installation: 2 video projections, open source data, index cards, pencil, performance

Utilizing publicly-available data sets, Casey Farina and I created two simulated moving landscapes generated from open source financial and weather data since 9/11. At the bottom of each screen, the data fields being utilized to generate the landscape scroll by as they are “approached.” Centered between these two projections, I attempted to draw the horizon edge of these data-driven landscapes on index cards. The cards were discarded around me for people to pick up, or allowed to collect to build its own landscape. One main source of data was the Economic Policy Uncertainty Index, which is a project generated from the use of phrases in the media to gauge the level of uncertainty in the US.

Data sources:

US Census Bureau

Economic Policy Uncertainty Index: Source: “Measuring Economic
Policy Uncertainty” by Scott Baker, Nicholas Bloom and Steven J.

Data.gov: The home of the U.S. Government’s open data

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) National
Centers for Environmental Information