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Eating the distance

06 Jul
July 6, 2016

Jessie Richards, Ben Houge and Joshua Rosenstock

“Eating the distance” presents a sequence of fruit crudites — four dishes that represent the distance food travels to get to us, as well as the varying complexity of food processing.

From a locally sourced Gin Rickey (only 80 miles of total travel distance for the ingredients) we progress to Skyr yoghurt with honey, strawberry and mint (400 miles) to a creamy mango-pistachio bite (7,000 miles) to a coconut tapioca pudding with pineapple chunks and coconut cream, wrapped in a banana leaf cone amounting in a total of 21,000 miles travelled.

In the presentation, the dishes are spread out in the room, in proportional distance to the “food miles” travelled.

Inequal Exposure

06 Jul
July 6, 2016

Ben Snell, Steven Braun, Ann McDonald

This Bostonian layered rice dish makes a critical statement about the class-based disparities in relation to densities of hazardous waste sites in Massachusetts. Basically it shows that the poorer you are, the more you are exposed to pollution. Hence, the black rice increases with the density of waste sites, with a dramatical looking sewage of waste (pesto) of the upper layer into the soil (white rice). Finally, the amount of scrambled egg on top indicates the income group.

High sKale

19 May
May 19, 2016

Saskia Burghardt, Saibot Karlsson

Smoked kale is the key ingredient of these dishes, that are based on data about cannabis consumption by 15 to 16-year old kids in England (35% have tried cannabis), Italy (24%) and Sweden (8%). Three big joints are made with a filling representing the different countries: fish and chips, risotto, and pickled herring with boiled potatoes. To each of the fillings smoked kale is added according to the amount of pot smokers.

Food transit time

19 May
May 19, 2016

Didi Lehnhausen

Classic humus enriched with beetroot for a better understanding of your body

This dish both visualises data and enables its consumer to find out about the time that his/her body needs to digest and excrete the food.

The 8.8 metre line of humus represents the average length of a human intestine. Before eating the humus, each participant is provided with a plastic cup for collecting urine. The participant should write his/her name and the time of intake on the cup. When the urine turns reddish, the humus has been fully digested and the participant should note his/her personal time for digestion on the cup.

Atomic shots

19 May
May 19, 2016

Roldan Descamps, Jil Theunissen, François Chasseur

These gin tonics fume and glow in the dark. No wonder, considering what they represent: nuclear accidents at the four Belgium nuclear power plants and the amount of people living within their 30 kms zones. 30 kms was the radius defined as the evacuation zone around the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Each gram of gel globules in the shots corresponds to 100,000 people living in these zones. Currently, there is a hot debate in Belgium and its neighbouring states about switching two of Belgium’s antiquated nuclear plants off.

Noble du chocolat

19 May
May 19, 2016

Roldan Descamps, Jil Theunissen, François Chasseur

Statistics can be eye-openers, but they also can be absurd or simply deceptive. The statistically significant correlation between chocolate consumption and the number of Nobel prize winners in selected countries served as the inspiration for “Nobel du chocolat”. The desserts vary in in complexity, their country-specific ingredients and the amount of chocolate used.

Energy Mix

14 Jan
January 14, 2016

Only 15% of the energy consumed in Switzerland comes from renewable sources.

Onionland

14 Jan
January 14, 2016

Sabine Himmelsbach

How much do people in different countries use Tor for anonymized internet access? This data dish visualizes levels of encryption in onion layers.

Zuckerberg Pops

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Klaas Glenewinkel and Jess Smee

The image above shows a visualisation of the percentage of internet users that use Facebook. The amount of Facebook users is visualised by the amount of blue sprinkles.
In Tunisia, the number of Facebook users is very high, whereas in Egypt it is much lower. These numbers makes us wonder whether there is a connection between the use of Facebook and the results of the Arab Spring. In Tunisia, the Arab Spring had a sustainable impact on the democratisation of society, very much in contrast to the situation in Egypt, which fell back under totalitarian leadership.

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Tweeting Tabouleh

29 Jan
January 29, 2015

Anja Wollenberg, Maral Jekta

Tweeting Tabouleh