Data cuisine expression about campaign promises versus delivery in the 2013 general elections in Israel.

Student Project: Data Visualization Course, MFA in Design for Social Innovation

Role: Research, production

Year: March 2015

Sweet Talk is a data cuisine expression I designed about Israeli politics, inspired by the general elections held on March 17th, 2015. It examines the relationship between campaign promises and delivery on them as demonstrated in the 2013 elections, and asks: what do the Israeli politicians feed the public? how much is campaign interests and how much is actual substance?

I expressed the data as chocolate candy which represents political parties that were voted into the Knesset (the Israeli parliament). I collected the platforms and declarations of the 2013 campaigns and compared them to actual  parliamentary activity and actions from news sources and the Open Knesset independent database. Parties were scored into 3 categories – Delivered / Partial/abstained / Contradictory – and filled accordingly. From the outside, it looks like candy; but the filling will reveal whether what you see is also what you get — or are you being misled and misfed? The only way to really read the data is by eating the candy.