Friday, February 23, 2007

In the palm of your hand

Just found out about a really stunning and beautiful project, "Of All the People in All the World" at MassMOCA. It is a "mind-blowing art installation/performance piece/statistical study unlike anything you have ever seen" (thats from the MM site), by the UK artist's collective Stan's Cafe.

I always think that large numbers are really complicated for out minds to understand. In fact, apparently the largest number we can comprehend is about 100,000. I think that might even be a stretch, I would consider that for most people it is a lot smaller than that.

Anyway, this project give vision to the numbers game. There are huge piles of rice on view, each single grain of rice (that's small) represents a single person. Like you, or me. The piles are then measured out to represent various statistics, such as the number of people in the US in prison, or the number living in gated communities, number of illegal aliens etc.

It is such a wonderful, shocking and powerful image. They have been doing this around the world (UK, Australia, US, etc).

Maybe they can do one representing the number of people who will be forced to migrate due to climate change...

(Natalie Jeremijenko is showing at MassMOCA right now too)

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