Brazilian-born artist Gustavo Sousa takes the symbol of the world’s continents waving various objects and sticks in physically competitive manner–a.k.a. the Olympics logo–and animates it show disparities between Oceania, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Behold, oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia.
See how the continents compare on military spending, population, obesity, prisoners, Facebook users, etc. etc. etc. It’s actually quite engaging and enlightening. It’s like a minimalist statistical throwdown, ra ra ra. Asia, why do you need so many guns? America’s in the middle, you narcissist. We’ve got the most Catholic priests. Interesting.
The data is also presented as a set of 16 prints and will be on view in East London during the 2012 Olympic Games, you know, for perspective.