More&More’s flagship project, Tiny Containers, is a series of swimsuits that visualize the global circulation of stuff, bringing the overwhelming system of complex trade relationships to human scale.
Tiny Container swimsuits represent the contents of shipping containers, arguably the most important facilitator of globalized trade. Containers are black boxes, their contents nearly interchangeable, as far as the system is concerned. Containerization and the abstraction that surrounds it allows the flow of the shipping system to continue for its own sake. These swimsuits suggest that despite their invisibility, humans and the ocean are part of this flow.
TINY CONTAINERS V1
For the first iteration of the suits, on exhibit at bitforms in 2016, we used data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, an open API that is used to track nations’ import and export products and volumes. In order to visualize the data we created a glossary of icons that corresponded to the 1,256 4-digit categories that determine import-export trade:
DESIGN YOUR OWN COMMODITY EXPORT PATH
The swimsuit textiles were generated using More&More’s custom interface that offered visitors a chance to track what else might have come along with the product of their choice from a specified country of origin.