The Fifth Day. a networked slide-show
"The Fifth Day" is a sequence of ten pictures showing a taxi ride, edited as a slide show on music by Kazimir Boyle. These photos, taken in Alexandria, are ever changing networked stills because linked to critical data describing the political and cultural status of Egypt. Here, Egypt works as a metaphor to investigate topical subjects for the so called "Middle East" aiming for a comparison with the audience's birth/living country. Data, retrieved from the Internet and transforming the aesthetics of the photos, can be: the Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament (photo #2), the Corruption Perceptions (CPI) (photo #4), the Literacy rates in adult female and male (ages 15 and above) (photo #7). Some pictures change every minute, those transformed by the name of the city of the connected users or their IPs, other, using data dispatched only once a year, will change (may be) only after months.
Photo #1 Electric fire:
Weather situation in Alexandria, Egypt (ON = sunny)
Photo #2 Man cloned:
Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament (%)
Photo #3 Rearview mirror
Photo #4 Meter:
Corruption Perceptions Index
The CPI should be interpreted as a ranking of countries with scores ranging from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (highly clean).
Photo #5 Shop sign:
Name of city of the last user who visited the project. This is possible through Geo IP localization. Name of cities could be not accurate.
Photo #6 Garments:
Colors of the garments changed by the IPs of the last 13 connected users.
Photo #7 Wipers:
Left Wiper: Literacy rate, adult female (% of females ages 15 and above)
Right Wiper: Literacy rate, adult male (% of males ages 15 and above)
Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life.
Photo #8 Eagle wings:
Internet users (per 100 people)
Internet users are people with access to the worldwide network. International Telecommunication Union, World Telecommunication Development Report and database, and World Bank estimates.
Photo #9 Billboard:
Movie posters http://www.apple.com/trailers
Photo #10 Buildings:
Mortality rate, under-5 (per 1,000)