Of all the people in the world
February 8, 2008
What an ingenious idea to present otherwise dry statistical data!
Entering the exhibition “Of all the people in the world” you get one small grain of rice. That grain ist you. One rice grain represents one person. You are invited to wander around huge mounds of rice grains which represent for example all the millionaires in the world.
And compare it with one that represents all the refugees in the world.
Or all the people who die today.
Or those who are born today.
Or a single rice grain representing Tony Blair with the whole population of Britain.
The travelling exhibition was created by James Yarker, co-founder and artistic director of Stan’s Cafe, a performance group based in Birmingham, England. The stories that are being told here change with the location. In Germany you might find out that all the child soldiers in the world together would roughly the same size as the german army or compare statisitcal data from the World cup.
Performance artists measure the grains on site and add new piles or rearrange them throughout the show.
The mounds of rice grains are simply piled on sheeths of paper and labeled. However, no actual numbers are shown, and really, they are not needed. All you need is your little grain of rice in your hand to understand the relations between yourself and the rest of humanity.
Here is a short promotional video of the show.