Sunday, February 22, 2009

thericeshow




Karen and I visited the Rice Show at Wesleyan University's Zilkha Gallery
yesterday. This is a very unique installation/performance by Stan's Cafe of
Birmingham, UK. The exhibit consists of mounds of rice that depict the
difference between various statistics.


Interested in the number of people killed in Rwanda vs the number
of UN Peacekeepers deployed? The results are displayed as mounds of 
counted rice grains. The displays are at times grime and sometimes
humorous but the best part is that at the end of the exhibit the
rice is donated to soup kitchens.


Or Children Soldiers vs children in a local school system? The exhibit
puts a graphic and physical sense to the sometimes mind-numbing
numbers we encounter as we sort through our own life priorities. 


The huge pile in the rear left represented the number of viewers
for this seasons American Idol premier.

5 comments:

JafaBrit's Art said...

wow, that really does put things into perspective.

Mineke Reinders said...

A very interesting concept to make those sometimes meaningless-seeming statistics hit home. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Evertson said...

Thanks Corrine and Mineke- it was a great eye opener.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Now this is a unique way to get the point across... I enjoyed your description of it!!

Graeme Rose said...

For more images of the Wesleyan installation together with pics from former versions of the show please visit www.thericeshow.com. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.