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Crunch Your Numbers Literally With These Delicious-Looking Data Cuisine
By Valerie Chang, 24 Jun 2014
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Exploring the question of “How often do couples have sex compared to singles?”, the fillings of the rice paper dumplings are used to represent the genders; lighter colored dumplings, singles; amount of seasoning on top of dumplings, the frequency of sexual encounters.
Infographics, flowcharts and bar graphs. These are all ways for data representation. But have you ever thought about using food as a means of expressing all those statistics?
In a workshop initiative by designer and data visualizer Moritz Stefaner and art organization prozessagenten, creatives are encouraged to use food as a medium of data expression.
The results of such intriguing data experiments include the use of colored noodles to represent the sex life of youth in Barcelona, and the portrayal of social media happiness in the form of a shrimp cocktail.
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Take it with a pinch of salt!
Using a line of salt to depict the high noise level in Barcelona, the artist wishes to convey through her dish that “a little noise is enriching, but too much of it is hard to ignore and ruins the most beautiful dish”.
Xarxes de mel i mató
A network graphic of honey on top of each portion of mató (similar to cottage cheese), printed via a food printer, is used to indicate the amount of Internet use in Spain.
Requiem for Science
The two almond cakes depict the drop in Spain's science funding over the years, where one is baked through “scientific” methods, while the other is baked via the conventional way. The amount of sugar used is also an indication of the varying amounts of funding in science.
The amount of rice indicate the number of Facebook friends you have, while the amount of shrimp represents those who are smiling in their profile pictures. Hence, “more rice means more friends, more shrimp means more happy friends”.
First Date Noodles
With the different colors to represent genders, the tangled noodle mess indicate the percentage of youth in Barcelona who would have sex on their first date, while the separate strands indicate those who practise abstinence.
Tortilla Feliz Catalana
Using decomposed tortilla to depict the state of well-being in Spain where peppers represent community; asparagus, life satisfaction; potatoes, jobs; onions, education; one half of the tortilla tower indicates Spain's official scores in these areas, while the other half indicate what people actually view as important.
Each blob of sugar represents the various techniques people use to reach sexual climax. This dish is also not easy to make, which might provide “a hint regarding the subject of this creation”.
[via CityLab, images via Data Cuisine]
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