Everyone Ever in the World
“EVERYONE EVER IN THE WORLD” IS A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO HAVE LIVED VERSUS BEEN KILLED IN WARS, MASSACRES AND GENOCIDE DURING THE RECORDED HISTORY OF HUMANKIND. THE VISUALISATION USES EXISTING PAPER AREA AND PAPER LOSS (DIE CUT CIRCLE) TO REPRESENT THE CONCEPTS OF LIFE AND DEATH RESPECTIVELY. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE TO HAVE LIVED WAS ESTIMATED THROUGH EXPONENTIAL REGRESSION CALCULATIONS BASED ON HISTORICAL CENSUS DATA AND KNOWN BIOLOGICAL BIRTH RATES. THIS RESULTS IN APPROXIMATELY 77.6 BILLION HUMAN BEINGS TO HAVE EVER LIVED DURING THE RECORDED HISTORY OF HUMANKIND AND IS REPRESENTED IN THE POSTER AS TOTAL PAPER AREA (650MM X 920MM). THE TOTAL PEOPLE KILLED IN CONFLICTS WAS COLLATED FROM A NUMBER OF HISTORICAL SOURCE BOOKS AND WAS SUMMED FOR ALL CONFLICTS – APPROXIMATELY 969 MILLION PEOPLE KILLED, OR ~1.25% OF ALL THE PEOPLE TO HAVE EVER LIVED (DIE CUT AREA = 650MM X 920MM X 0.0125). THE TIMESCALE ENCOMPASSES 3200 BCE TO 2009 CE – A PERIOD OF OVER 5 MILLENNIA, AND 1100+ CONFLICTS OF RECORDED HUMAN HISTORY.“
Natural History of Creation. Black Book by Limit
putting colors into my posters to give it some life and help differentiate coastlines of different years
each line above the year indicates the latest coastline within that time period
A book I took out from the library on dorset maps and history
Documentary on the changes of hong kong as seen on historical maps collected by historians and map enthusiasts
The idea of the world may be common to all societies; but different societies have very distinct ideas of the world and how it should be represented.
As the products of both art and science, maps are often fascinating interpretations of the perceived world. They are about data and spatial awareness, but also about money, empire and discovery. They tend to reveal more about the mapmakers than the lands they chronicle. Mr Brotton may fall short of providing the promised “history of the world”, but he offers plenty of good reasons to see old maps as windows to lost times.