World Flows: A Multimedia Map Showing the Provenance of Six Everyday Items Found in Households in San Diego

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What networks flow into and out of your life? A woman sits at her kitchen diner in Chula Vista, San Diego. She looks around, noting the first things upon which her eyes fall. Where did they come from? What stories do they tell? How do they connect her to strangers across the globe?

We found this to be very interesting. London-based artist and thinker Kat Austen sent us this multimedia experience which she calls Flows. You can explore it here. It maps the global processes that supply six everyday items to a house in California. The QR codes on the map link you to a sourcemap page for one of the objects. Each node of the sourcemap contains a narrative for that point in the global supply chain.

We often don’t know or bother to know the origins of the products that we consume or use on a daily basis. This kind of multimedia experience helps us to gain a new appreciation for the things we take for granted. For instance, the map transports you to a Ceylon tea plantation, a Brazilian mahogany forest, a Texan salt farm and more, giving you an intimate insight into the possibilities of global production and connecting us each to the global impact made my our own individual choices. Be sure to check it out!

World Flows: A Multimedia Map Showing the Provenance of Six Everyday Items Found in Households in San Diego

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