A Message Lies Between the Cracks 2023

Rice, a fundamental sustenance in many cultures, holds deep ties to ceremonies, rituals, and divinations. As automated machines dominate the growing, processing, and cooking of rice, the involvement of digital technology prompts one to wonder about the emergence of new forms of rice divination.

During cooking, the force of heat and water causes cracks to form on them. In this project, five hundred grains of rice are cooked, dried, and individually photographed, resulting in a comprehensive collection of crack patterns. Based on this database, a divination system is developed, leveraging computer vision technology to unveil the hidden messages embedded within a single grain of cooked rice.

Assistance in software development by Alberto Harres | Divination cards design by Nilufer Musaeva | Text contribution by Mariana Roa Oliva