"Data Cuisine" represents stats about homelessness and education budget cuts with haute cuisine. This is a punch to your mind and tastebuds.
The art of cooking has been passed down from generation to generation since the invention of fire. The art of making quirky infographics has been passed down from generation to generation since the invention of Adobe Photoshop. Now, these two disparate art forms have come together in the form of Data Cuisine, a deliciously informative project founded by data visualization artist Moritz Stefaner, who previously worked on the epic data exploration of selfies, SelfieCity.
Using intricately composed entrees, appetizers, and desserts, Stefaner and the participants in his Data Cuisine workshop have crafted an array of relevant visualizations, which take full advantage of the expressive range chefs can whip up in a kitchen.
Unemployed Pan con Tomate
One creation is called Unemployed Pan con Tomate (Bread with Tomatoes), which demonstrates the increase in Spanish unemployment over time. It not only uses a plummeting green line of greens to represent the lost jobs, but as the line goes down, the portion of the bread dominated by garlic goes up, making the dish harder and harder to stomach—just like the Spanish economy. This project offers a multidimensional approach to conveying data and contextualizing some interesting looking meals.
The workshop originated in the Helsinki, Finland, but has since expanded to Barcelona—one of the cuisine capitals of the world. The workshop took place at the Big Bang Data Exhibition alongside cutting edge data artists from all over the world. Participants have taken the concept incredibly far, cooking everything from First Date Noodles, which represent the likelihood that certain genders will have sex on the first date, to Requiem for Science, demonstrating Spain’s drastically cut science funding.
Requiem for Science
They sure look delicious, but the cerebral bite that comes from eating something like The Wasted Dish—showing the number of homeless people in Barcelona throughout the year—is an extra punch to your mind and tastebuds. Some of the stats aren’t easy to swallow, but maybe the picturesque dishes will be able to accomplish something that less tasty infographics cannot.