This artist’s project which launched in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Flu pandemic was unusual for us, but fascinating to work on. It involved the delivery of 365 separate audio files, one for each day of the year. Artist Jordan Baseman took many entries from newspaper reports from 1918, or created others using source material from the time.

We worked closely with the Wellcome Collection and Jordan Baseman to deliver the site, which now automatically delivers a day-stamped audio file.

With the global Covid pandemic, the website took on a new popularity and a haunting relevance. As NPR put it:

“The voices are not real. They’re computerized. They sound tinny and faraway as they read fragments of newspaper stories from 1918, when the so-called Spanish flu ravaged the planet. Still, these fleeting dispatches from the past are uncannily relevant”

At a glance...

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Wellcome Collection

Link

https://radioinfluenza.org/
We worked with Thirty8 Digital to design, host and support an artist’s project commemorating the centenary of the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Flu pandemic. From the very beginning, Mike and the team intuitively understood what we were trying to do, and came up with the goods in the form of both technical and design solutions necessary to help us deliver a complex and multifaceted site. When the project attracted large amounts of new traffic in the wake of the Covid pandemic, Thirty8’s robust hosting solution kept the site going, and since then efficient monitoring, maintenance and upgrading have kept the project live as a vital reminder of a past pandemic.
— Danny Birchall, Wellcome Collection

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