('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words
and pictures that define the time. The result
is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous,
but always fitting snapshot of our world. Every hour, 10x10
collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a
global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to
encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days,
months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements
which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork
tapestry of human life.
10x10 is ever-changing, ever-growing, quietly observing the
ways in which we live. It records our wars and crises, our
triumphs and tragedies, our mistakes and milestones. When
we make history, or at least the headlines, 10x10 takes note
Each hour is presented as a picture postcard window, composed
of 100 different frames, each of which holds the image of
a single moment in time. Clicking on a single frame allows
us to peer a bit deeper into the story that lies behind the
image. In this way, we can dart in and out of the news, understanding
both the individual stories and the ways in which they relate
to each other.
10x10 runs with no human intervention, autonomously observing
what a handful of leading international news
sources are saying and showing. 10x10 makes no comment
on news media bias, or lack thereof. It has no politics, nor
any secret agenda; it simply shows what it finds.
With no human editors and no regulation, 10x10 is open and
free, raw and fresh, and consequently a unique way of following
world events. In 10x10, we respond instinctively to patterns
in the grid, visual indicators of relevance. When we see a
frequently repeated image, we know it’s important. When
we see a picture of a movie star next to a picture of dead
bodies, we understand the extremes that exist in our world.
Scanning a grid of pictures can be more intuitive than reading
headlines, for it lets the news come to life, and everything
feels a bit less distant, a bit closer to heart, and maybe,
if we're lucky, gives us pause to think. If you'd like to
learn more about 10x10, you can read
how it works.
||10x10 was designed and developed by
Jonathan Harris of Number27,
in conjunction with the FABRICA
communication research center in Italy.
Special thanks to: Andy
Gethin Lewis, Francesca
You can contact Jonathan Harris by mailing: jjh
"AT" number27 "DOT" org