What Could You Buy With $241 Trillion?

I read this article about the entire world’s combined wealth on Wait But Why this week.

The article begins by equating all of the world’s wealth to physical forms like $100 bill stacks, diamonds and gold cubes, while comparing them to the biggest buildings and monuments. As the article progresses, the metaphors move away from gold and Burj Khalifa and become closer to “real-life” or more trivial like jelly beans, dominos pizza and poland spring water bottles. The gradual structuring of the information and the sequence in which the bite sized pieces are presented, transforms the data into a story that I really enjoyed reading.

Microscopy

Week 9 // Temporary Expert

Here are the pictures I took from the microscopy we did last week.

Sprouts
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Fabrics
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Hair
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Plastic Table Top
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Dried Flower Petal
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Mini QR Codes
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Ink on Paper – a handwritten letter
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Shiny Leather Coated Fabric
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Metal Earring
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Ideas

Week 8 // Temporary Expert

I spent this week ideating the various forms that my final project could take. I examined the implications of climate change on women in developing countries. I understood gender based risk and vulnerability. I researched the impact of climate change on traditional crafts and textile based livelihoods. I looked at food and movement. I looked at the different foods becoming obsolete. Some of the ideas I thought of were:

1. Depicting individual stories of women at risk through traditional textiles using the Nakshi Kantha style of embroidery predominant in Bangladesh.

2. 3D Portraits of individuals at risk in affected regions and superimposing these images with logos of packaged foods that replace their usual farm grown foods.

3. Regular preparations without crucial ingredients : For ex. Chocolate bars without chocolate.

Ultimately I decided on the following idea:

Thinking about food itself as a climate migrant, I want to examine the juxtaposition of situations where people have moved away from their food and food away from its people, as a consequence of climate change.

I want to focus on rituals (possibly even religious rituals) around food and eating to establish the deep spiritual connection our bodies make with food – that often get disconnected when one migrates.

I imagine this to be a series of surreal objects related to food ( vessels, cutlery, rituals and the prepared food itself), for a particular region (Bangladesh for now – but I am looking at places that have more distinct rituals around food ). I see this as a participatory performance but I am thinking about ways to make it more accessible to people.

Food and Climate Change

Week 7 // Temporary Expert

Food and Climate Change

This week’s class was very crucial in my research about Climate Induced Migration and the role of Food in it. Thinking about food that is becoming obsolete due to climate change pushed me to explore the movement of food in the backdrop of people migrating.

Since my decision was to focus on Bangladesh, I was curious to know how migration impacts the eating habits of migrants from South Asia. I found a very interesting excerpt from Krishnendu Ray’s book The Migrant’s Table.

Side Note: I stopped eating almonds after learning about the production of Almonds in the United States, in this class.