The Unemployed

Jody Zellen

Terminal 6 Pre-security 

The Unemployed is a data visualization that illustrates worldwide unemployment. Using data culled from online sources that list unemployment rates by country, The Unemployed represents the jobless as animated figures. The number of unemployed varies from country to country ranging from a few thousand in sparsely populated places to many millions. As the software randomly cycles through the countries, the unemployed are depicted as figures moving in empty space. Passersby's movements are captured by a webcam and their silhouettes are projected onto the wall and transformed into an array of ambling figures. On the monitors, the figures move within the confines of their countries. The clusters of figures metaphorically become an available labor force, as well as the visible presence of the jobless. 


Jody Zellen is a Los Angeles-based artist who creates interactive installations, mobile apps, net art, animations, drawings, paintings, photographs, and public art.


Photos courtesy of Panic Studio LA.


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