The World in a Grain of Rice


Imagine piles of rice. Each grain represents a person. Imagine performers carefully weighing out rice to represent statistics:

- the populations of towns and cities
- the number of doctors, the number of soldiers
- the number of people born each day, the number who die
- all the people who have walked on the moon
- deaths in the holocaust.

"The statistics are arranged in labelled piles creating an ever changing landscape of rice. The statistics and their juxtapositions can be moving, shocking, celebratory, witty and thought provoking. "

It is so hard to grasp the statistics and the quantities of the things that we talk about. What is a ton of carbon dioxide? How do we relate to such huge numbers? But we all know how big a grain of rice is, and seeing piles of these tiny grains can be truly shocking. At MassMoCA through Feb 25.