The Future

Alicia Eggert and Safwat Saleem 2015

‘The Future’ illuminates the overall state of peace or conflict around the world. Each light bulb represents one of the world’s 206 sovereign states; bulbs representing states at peace are lit, while bulbs representing states in conflict are unlit.By intentionally simplifying complex issues and representing peace and conflict as binary on/off states, ‘The Future’ is designed to instigate conversations and create awareness about conflicts across the globe that affect billions of people. ‘The Future’ may look rather grim and dark at this particular moment in time, but our hope is that the project inspires people to reflect on what can be accomplished to make the world brighter and more peaceful. Determinations regarding the peace or conflict status of individual sovereign states are made using data culled from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and

Commissioned by Fine Acts



206 lightbulbs, fixings, board, framework


Datos como cultura: Cartegena Data Festival
April 2015 – at the Overseas Development Initiative's Cartegena Data Festival, Columbia

Data Types

Identifiable, Open, Retrieved, Shared, State

About the Artists

Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Alicia’s work has been exhibited at notable institutions nationally and internationally, including the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, the…
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Safwat Saleem is a visual artist, graphic designer and filmmaker. He uses satire and art to bring to light stories of adversity and feels the most at home when making politically-charged satirical art. His work has…
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