Stan’s Cafe‘s “Of All the People in All the World” is to hit Birmingham from the 13th September to the 5th October. The show uses grains of rice to represent each person on earth, and they are arranged and rearranged to illustrate statistics. I’ve made it sound like a dull, but edible, PowerPoint graphing solution. But it’s phenomenal:
You will be given a grain of rice. This grain is you. Inside lots of people are waiting for you, billions of them, each represented by a grain of rice. 112 tonnes of rice – 6.7 billion grains – one for everyone on the planet.
As you explore the extraordinary landscape of rice hills and mountains stretching out in front of you, you discover every pile represents a different population and that together these piles tell hundreds of stories, stories of the world’s people and politics, history and current affairs.
It’s £2.50 at Birmingham’s AE Harris Factory, B3 1SZ.
(Thanks to Nick Booth, who’s — rightly — been going on about how brilliant this is for ages.)