COP3 Guantanamo Practical Development – Background Research of Interior

Background Research of Interior

I thought it was important to document where i got all information from, and how it related back to my subject of Freedom of Information. I thought this important as I am trying to document how we all have access to this information (due to organisations etc such as Wikileaks) and I want to show that.

I had a huge amount of information in which i could work with, but I had to think carefully as to what information to put where, and what I could change to make visually pleasing within the box, but also very informative.

1. Year and Citizen timeline

I came across this piece of work “Behind the Lines: Building “Guantanamo Detainees.” The graphic which I showed was ran in The new York Times. Each line tracks every single detainee who has been in Guantanamo or is still in Guantanamo, including their arrival, and departure or death. I really liked this piece of work and thought it was very visually pleasing. I thought it would work well in breaking up text within my installation, so I decided to do a similar one. Instead of including all detainees, as this would be far too much of a larger scale, I decided to use the detainees currently held. I sourced this information through The Guantanamo Docket on The New York Times website, an interactive database of documents and analysis from The New York Times and NPR about the 780 men who have been detained at Guantanamo as enemy combatants since January 2002

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This was my end result, in which I was pleased about. However, I did have a problem with it looking a bit messy, but it was very hard to keep everything looking perfect, as every time i made a mistake I had to repaint over as it didn’t rub off completely black if I were to wipe it.

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2. Guantanamo Bay Hunger strike 

For this, I had sourced a lot of information from “The Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas” regarding the 2013 Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike. Although this was not part of a leak through Wikileaks, but just more information as to the rise of hunger strikes in response to deteriorating conditions in the prison itself. All the statistics can be seen at: http://humanrights.ucdavis.edu/reports/2013-guantanamo-bay-detainee-hunger-strike

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As there was a huge amount of statistics, I wanted to condense my information. I started reserching Infographics to see if I could see any layouts or designs in which I could use.

I got out the book “Infographics – Visualising Data” in which I found these two diagrams which I liked:

1. The Timeline of Modern Art – Miguel Coelho

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2. Student Debt – Tom Davie

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I wanted to incorporate the circle design, so i started out planning how I could turn the data into circular graphs:

This shows my initial planning of the circular graph. This circle represents the four months April, May, June and July.

Each quarter represents a month, and is separated by sections of the month (Day 0, Day 5, Day 10, Day 15, Day 20, Day 25, Day 30)

I will mark on the number of Hunger strikes per every 5 days (as you can see in Fig 2)

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The final drawing plan of the infographic.

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This is how I organised the statistics so they could be interpreted into this visual graph:

Month Day of Month Hunger strikers on that date Max hunger strikers in the month Force feeders on that date Max force feeders on that date
April Day 5

Day 10

Day 15

Day 20

Day 25

Day 30

41

43

44

77

94

100

100 11

11

12

16

17

21

21
May Day 5

Day 10

Day 15

Day 20

Day 25

Day 30

100

100

100

103

103

103

103 23

27

30

30

34

36

36
June Day 5

Day 10

Day 15

Day 20

Day 25

Day 30

103

104

104

104

105

106

106 39

41

44

44

44

44

44
July Day 5

Day 10

Day 15

Day 20

Day 25

Day 30

106

106

81

70

68

68

106 45

45

45

46

44

44

46

3. World Map

I wanted to incorporate a map into my installation. I wanted the map to respond to the info graphic above it, which showed the detainees currently held, how long they have each been in for, and what citizen ship they are.

Therefore, I decided I wanted my map to show:

1. The countries of citizenship of the detainees – (I will show this by white string and pins)

2. The countries in which detainees are transferred to from Guantanamo, showing the reverse of this (I will show this by red string and pins)

I found this whilst looking online as I wanted an alternative to me drawing – I wanted another bit of texture to my installation.

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I found the information accompanying this on: http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/transfer-countries and http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/by-country

4. Cost of Guantanamo 

I sourced this information from LeakSource. This information was leaked from the government and portrays the cost of Guantanamo detention and program.

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