In these barren times of national bankruptcies and severe cutbacks, having the right figures is crucial. Perhaps even more important than the right statistics is the way that these are presented to an audience. In what way is policy hidden in numbers, and how can visualizations reveal the politics behind statistics?
Government spending on culture is a particularly juicy subject, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Statistics and visualizations are used by both the government and the private sector to make political statements; sometimes playfully, sometimes out of necessity. With contributors from Amsterdam, Bratislava and Novi Sad, this event explores the politics of visualizations.
Mediamatic has developed infographics that challenge the heavy Netherlands cultural spending cuts by placing them playfully in the perspective of other public spending. They have also contributed to the Visible Data project.