Computer Arts - - Showcase - by Her­wig Scher­abon www.scher­

Her­wig Scher­abon was work­ing on a book about gen­tri­fi­ca­tion in var­i­ous US and UK cities, ex­pressed through data-vis and maps. He found the topic fas­ci­nat­ing, and de­cided to spin it off into a sep­a­rate project – two gi­ant 150x75cm prints, which won Stu­dent Gold at the In­for­ma­tion Is Beau­ti­ful Awards in Novem­ber.

Scher­abon de­picted LA and Chicago as a high-res­o­lu­tion ma­trix of blocks, the height of which cor­re­spond to the av­er­age in­come of that area.

“I want to trig­ger thoughts about what the rea­sons be­hind in­equal­ity might be,” Scher­abon ex­plains. Work­ing in what he calls a “dark and moody aes­thetic”, he spent a lot of time op­ti­mis­ing ev­ery­thing for print, choos­ing a matte Som­er­set Vel­vet pa­per mounted on wooden boards.

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