The aim of this information design project is to display information regarding the relation between Italians and foreigners. The intention is to show through tangible means exhibited in public space, a different view on this phenomenon: the audience has the possibility to understand at a glance by interacting with the capsules the information. The data concerning the foreigners is golden, and the question I want to raise is whether the foreigners are an opportunity for the arrival country or not. Who profits? Them or us? Perception is often far from reality, particularly in an era in which fake news and unverified information are distributed globally with no semblance of control. The most significant consequence is a distorted perception of reality, as the public opinion is built upon information and assumptions gathered from channels of misinformation and fake news, invoking an increase in stereotyping and prejudice in public thought and everyday discourse, in particular against foreigners. The resulting opinions are hard to debunk as their longevity is rooted in years of misperception, but is there any truth to this xenophobic anti-immigrant rhetoric? Do they really steal our jobs? Are we experienced an invasion or maybe even an Islamization? The aim of this thesis project is to provide more transparent information about the Italians and migrants phenomenon, through tangible data-telling objects in the public space, in particular about the situation in Italy on a more general level. The aim is to give perspective on this phenomenon and provide a straightforward means to see the reality behind the figures and public perception.
students: Max Hornäcker
supervisors:Matteo Moretti, Harry Thaler