Gender & Violence

A public trend visualization

The current exhibition “Gender and Violence” at the Museum of Military History in Dresden addresses acts of violence and the place of gender roles and gender prejudices within this theme. With this, it shakes up various stereotypes, and challenges the common image of the violent man versus the peaceable woman.

For the museum, I have collaborated with the agency “kursiv” to approach the topic from a statistical perspective. We have created a presentation which offers visualizations of trends in both violence and global living conditions. Included are statistics on military and civilian violence, population, literacy, poverty, and democratization. The effects of some conditions that may cause violence are still a matter of much dispute. Therefore, the project encourages conversation about our progress towards a less violent future.

The presentation is projected onto a large canvas. The diagrams make use of animations to expose underlying trends in successive years. In addition, bold labels show data values for the current year. Both the animations and the labels focus the visitor’s attention and guide them through the data, which we obtained from the “Our World in Data” project by Max Roser.

Military Violence
Military Violence: Since the end of World War II, the number of victims from military violence has continuously decreased.
Civil Violence
Civil Violence: Today, the likelihood of being murdered is much smaller than in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period.
Poverty: In 1848, 94% of the world population lived in extreme poverty.