Jody Zellen: The Unemployed

  • ©, Jody Zellen

  • ©, Jody Zellen



    The Unemployed



    Interactive Installation


Artist Statement:

    “The Unemployed” is an interactive installation that visualizes world-wide unemployment. Using data culled from online sources that list unemployment rates by country, “The Unemployed” represents the jobless as animated figures who inhabit a generic cityscape. The number of monthly unemployed varies from country to country ranging from a few thousand in sparsely populated places to many millions in places like the United States, India, and China. The software randomly cycles through approximately 200 countries, drawing the number of unemployed as aimless wanderers. If the country has a large number of unemployed, there are enough figures to fill and move with numerous silhouettes. If the country has minimal unemployment the silhouette is only partially filled.