3:40 PM, June 21st, 2013

Have you seen our very cool Gitmo force-feeding interactive? Here’s our NewsBeast Labs post about how we did it (featuring some choice quotes from me): 


Yesterday, we published an illustrated guide on force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay. Here’s how we made it.

The hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay has been consistently in the news for months but with little action on the part of the Obama administration, there havn’t been many new developments to report. Abby Haglage, one of our staff reporters, wanted to brainstorm ways we could tell this ongoing story in a fresh way.

Clarisa Diaz, our NewsBeast Labs Summer Fellow and current graduate student in Design and Technology at Parsons, Abby and I started reading the recent coverage. We all came to the conclusion that force-feeding had been mentioned a great deal — organizations such as the UN and the American Medical Association have denounced it in this circumstance — but none of us had a clear idea as to what this process was really like from reading these stories. So how do we show that?

After some discussion, a step-by-step animated walkthrough showing the force-feeding process detainees undergo, based on the Gitmo standard operating procedures, seemed like the most effective way to tell that story. To finish off the meeting, Clarisa suggested instead of merely having buttons walkthrough, we time it to the reader’s scroll — which is something my deskmate Sam Schlinkert would refer to as “next level.”

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2:44 PM, November 29th, 2012


Edmund Clark, Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out

The Guantanamo detention camp occupies an isolated 45 square mile plot of land in Cuba, its complex a crucial point of cultural convergence amidst the war on terror. Edmund Clark’s project investigates Guantanamo through its influence on distinct notions of home: for the American community who reside in the naval base; the detainees incarcerated in its compound; and the former prisoners who now rebuild their lives in Europe and the Middle East.

From Clark’s statement on ifthelightgoesout.com:

The series’ disjointed narrative aims to convey the sense of disorientation and dislocation central to the daily experience of incarceration at Guantanamo, and to explore the legacy of disturbance such experiences have in the minds and memories of these men. The viewer is asked to jump from prison camp detail to domestic still life; from life outside the naval base and back again – from light to dark.

Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out opens tonight, and runs through January 12, 2013, at Flowers Gallery, in New York City.


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