I had the idea for this work in 2001, although it was not specifically about World War 1. However, as the 100th anniversary falls within my Retrospective year, it seems an ideal time to realise the work.
This is a generative work that creates pages of images of human figures with no indication of gender, age, nationality or religion. It creates one figure for each of the 16 million people who died in the First World War. Each page is composed of 340 figures and it will take over 47,000 A4 pages to record them all. I am currently writing software to generate the pages and the representations of the figures will vary. The software will publish an average of 30 pages per day for approximately four years and three months from the first shots being fired on the 28th of July 1914 to Armistice Day on 11th November 1918.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the act that triggered events that led to the First World War and 16 million casualties. Unlike much of the mainstream coverage that remembers the royalty, generals and civil servants who failed to avert The Great War, my work remembers the dead.