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One million plastic cups

06 Dec 2009

The design of this exhibit is nothing special, but Running the Numbers: Portraits of Mass Consumption at the Museum of Science, Boston does provide an opportunity to see, large and up-close, the thought-provoking, unsettling, hauntingly-beautiful work of photographer Chris Jordan. Another version of this exhibit is currently in Seattle; it will move to Haverford, PA in January. Boston’s exhibit will be up through 9 May.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. ken permalink
    08 Dec 2009 12:59 pm

    I thought this was a cool exhibit, but a little out of place the MoS. When are you going to do the MIT museum!

  2. 08 Dec 2009 11:49 pm

    One point of the exhibit is to communicate some inconceivably large numbers in a visual way. Take the print in the exhibit, of two million plastic bottles—the amount used in the U.S. every five minutes. I certainly can’t visualize that number in my head, and I don’t think that reading a factual sentence is as affecting as a photo collage showing those two million little Diet Coke, Pepsi One, and Barq’s bottles.
    As the museum says in their introductory text to the exhibit, “how we depict information affects how we perceive it.” Museums are in the business of depicting information, no?

    The MIT Museum’s winter holography exhibition opens this Friday.

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