STS ITALIA CONFERENCES, A Matter of Design. Making Society through Science and Technology

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Borders - A geo-political atlas of film’s production.
Giovanni Magni

Building: B8
Room: CT48
Date: 2014-06-14 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Last modified: 2014-06-06


Since the launch of the Internet Movie Database in 1990 a large amount of data about movies has been collected online, giving us the possibility to analyse Cinema on a large scale.

This project doesn’t want to talk about movies as an indipendent world but aims to analyse their evolution during the last century trying to read society  and the relations between different countries using cinema’s production as a key.

Specifically, “Borders” aims to visualize this phenomenon re-designing the world’s geography according on how cinema and the world behind it connect countries to each others; the main goal is to generate a geo-political atlas of cinema using as data the information of movies that are collected on the web.

The data for this thesis come mainly from two sources: and Wikipedia. The Internet Movie Database allow us to know almost everything about over a million of movies and television programs; common informations like country of origin, companies involved and release dates, form the basis on which I can generate networks of countries connected by shared movies’ production.

Furthermore the project involves more graphical analysis developed from this big data, creating an economic analysis of this world using different models of data visualization.

Afterwards, using Wikipedia, I have been able to study the cultural side of the topic, mainly understanding how much and how movies of each country are present on the different language versions of the website.

The whole project has been realized considering it has a design process, in which data and visual analysis are not consequential but they are all part of a reiterate exchange of points of view and explorations which modeled both of them.

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