The relationship between fear and risk is notoriously wonky. Artist and designer Susanna Hertrich has devised a way to visualise the proportion of outrage to hazard – so the next time you’re consoling yourself with the unlikelihood of your plane crashing, you can see that unlikelihood rendered as a beautiful circle.
Especially lovely is her idea for portable software based on the RCD: “The Reality Checking Device could be working as an ambient alarm system. Whenever a threshold of public attention for the one specific scenario is overridden, the user would receive a subtle alert. Making use of a GPS function would enable the Reality Checking Device to respond to location based risks and fears.” Meaning that, wherever you were, you’d always know exactly what you should – and shouldn’t – be scared of.
Text © Sarah Ditum, 2009