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The Flag of Data

The Flag of Data (2017) is a work by Yeoul Son.

The Flag of Data (2017) is an installation that works with the ambiguity of data. The movement of an image of a flag changes according to the ambiguity of and differences between data sets. The data sets compared concern countries’ CO2 emissions and have been produced by different agencies. The Flag of Data makes the inexactness of these data sets visible. The installation is presented together with a video showing news reports about the inaccuracies. 

The Flag of Data lets us rethink the accuracy of data in a time when data is easily manipulated yet there is an irrational belief that science can solve all our problems. The Flag of Data is a call for a more sensible understanding of the use of data.

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