The BBC has created an interactive timeline that maps incidents of violence in the city of Baghdad beginning 2003. As you drag a scrolling button over the timeline, small text boxes open over a satellite photograph of the city pointing to a location and describing an event. It is a fascinating and disturbing visualization of what we normally experience as fragments in the daily news. The timeline also has a “Bhagdad Toll” tracking the number of civilians killed in Bhagdad since the war began. Last count: 35,557.
It’s not exactly art, but a fascinating visual strategy for linking violence, geography and time.