The yak realizes that most of the known world are not geeks like he is. Therefore most people are not fascinated by statistics (or economics, the territory where the yak likes to roam). But when statistics are made real, as in this exhibition
, they become a bit more cool.
An art installation that represents the casualties in news reports as an ever-increasing random constellation of bright yellow sweeities.... a computer program continuously scans the headlines of 4,500 English-language news sources around the world, looking for people who have been reported killed. the algorithm determines the number of deaths, & instructs a specially designed ceiling-mounted mechanism built with Lego NXT parts to drop one yellow BB per person. as a result, BBs will accumulate on the floor, ultimately forming a sort of aesthetic monument.
Posted by the yak on Friday, September 08, 2006 at 3:09 AM | Permalink | Comments