World Of Walls
The amount of barricades erected between states has steadily increased since the fall of the Berlin wall.
Various countries have been building larger and bigger physical- and legislative barriers under pretences like terrorism and illegal immigration. The construction of these barricades contrasts against the rise of the internet, whereas on the internet international borders are blurred, leaving everybody free to roam the digital space.
If I want to talk someone from the United States right now, I have a wide array of options to do so. However, if want to visit in person I have to go through a lengthy process of applying for a visa, stating the purpose of my visit and where I will stay.
To show the opposition between the free spirit encoded in our internet and barricade's design to keep people out, I have built a website visualising the existing social division escalated by a wall. Both countries are divided with the wall in the center of the page, which symbolises how the physical wall impairs people from interacting. However, by leaving the page open the map will slowly be covered by tweets. I have chosen the tweets by researching current events and tensions between both countries. By curating keywords from those events I visualise the different viewpoints in their respective countries.
The work in progress website is available at: worldofwalls.steftervelde.nl