Visualising warfare

Here are two projects, one by artist Isao Hashimoto, and the other by the incredible Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The first maps the testing of nuclear bombs around the world from 1945 to 1998, colour coordinated to mark the country responsible. The second mapping project reveals the frequency of drone attacks in Pakistan; the number of casualties and the type of targets, from June 2004 to July 2013.

1945-1998 by Isao Hashimoto

“The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.” Isao Hashimoto

BIJ-Drone Strikes in PakistanBIJ : Drone Strikes in Pakistan (still from map report)

View report

“The CIA has been bombing Pakistan’s tribal agencies with drones since June 2004. In the early years, strikes were rare. But from mid-2008 onward the frequency of strikes increased, peaking in 2010. That year, 128 strikes killed at least 751 people – of whom 84 were civilians. There were 23 strikes in September 2010 alone – the most intense month yet recorded by the Bureau.

This map demonstrates how the frequency of strikes – and the overall reported casualties – has changed over time. It also shows how the targets of the strikes have changed.” BIJ

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