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The power of networks: Beyond Critical Regionalism In 1961 the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur observed: ‘Everywhere throughout the world, one finds the same bad movie, the same slot machines, the same plastic or aluminum atrocities, the same twisting of language by propaganda.’1 Witness the problem of universalisation: a toxic byproduct of the globalisation process. Of course, we are familiar with solo cups and Oreos, but what does this mean for architecture and urbanism? Will all of our cities soon look the same? Your Messy Room Might be the Sign of a Brilliant Mind "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" Albert Einstein once famously asked. Conventional wisdom holds that it's easier to work, and to create, in a space that's neat and tidy — but what if the opposite were true? A recent study by psychologist Kathleen Vohs, at the University of Minnesota, tested the effects of different kinds of working environments on human behavior.

Magazine Keizo Shimizu by Megumi Sakaguchi Mark Borthwick by Dave Potes Buy online INVENTORY Volume 04 Number 08 Spring-Summer 2013 FEATURES Gottlund Verlag Cone Mills Raif Adelberg RECOLLECTIONS Keizo Shimizu LUMINARIES Mark Borthwick Claudio Parmiggiani Simon Lee Gallery is delighted to present a new body of work by Italian conceptual artist Claudio Parmiggiani, one of the first exhibitions of his work in the U.K. During his time at the Istituto di Belle Arti di Modena (1958-1960), Parmiggiani frequented the studio of Giorgio Morandi, whose work was to have a profound impact on him. The spirit of Marcel Duchamp and Piero Manzoni was also apparent early on in his manipulation and presentation of objects, for example the arrangement of a globe and a pickle jar containing a crumpled map in 1968. He has never allied himself with any particular group, but he shared with some of his contemporaries, such as Michelangelo Pistoletto and Giulio Paolini, a progression from conceptual works, including installations, photo-works and books, towards a use of assemblage.

Processing Plant /// Inferno Inferno (working title) is a robotic performance project inspired by the representation of the different levels of hell as described in Dante's Inferno or the Singaporean Haw Par Villa's Ten Courts of Hell1 (which is based on a Chinese Buddhist representation). In Inferno, the "circles of hell" concept is mainly an artistic framework, a general working theme under which the different parts of the performance will be regrouped. It is observed that under these two cultural representations, each "level of hell" corresponds to a particular form of punishment for a particular sin.

New Poster Makes Understanding Type As Easy As Learning The ABCs Many of us learned our ABCs in elementary school from big alphabet posters tacked up by our kindergarten teachers on the walls. New from Pop Chart Lab, the Alphabet of Typography is like that poster, but for aspiring typographers instead of aspiring readers. Printed on 100-pound archival stock, the Alphabet of Typography uses the ABCs as a primer on the terminologies of type. In the Alphabet of Typography, A isn't for Apple; it's for Axis, Apex, Aperture, and Ascender.

Visual Supply Co Love in desolation The New York Times — Community Journals My Americans Top Tens UbuWeb Top Tens UbuWeb Top Ten June 2017 Samuel Andreyev 1. George Antheil, Ballet Mécanique [MP3] 2. Paul Dutton, Reverberations [MP3] 3. Auger Loizeau: Smell+ This project explores the human experiential potential of the sense of smell, applying contemporary scientific research in a range of domestic and social contexts. The current low status of smell is a result of the revaluation of the senses by philosophers and scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries. Smell was considered lower order, primitive, savage and bestial. Smell is the one sense where control is lost, each intake of breath sends loaded air molecules over the receptors in the nose and in turn potentially gutteral, uncensored information to the brain. At the same time our bodies are emitting, loading the air around us and effecting others in ways we are only now starting to understand.

Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks If it wasn't already clear through common sense, it's become painfully clear through science that sitting all day is terrible for your health. What's especially alarming about this evidence is that extra physical activity doesn't seem to offset the costs of what researchers call "prolonged sedentary time." Just as jogging and tomato juice don't make up for a night of smoking and drinking, a little evening exercise doesn't erase the physical damage done by a full work day at your desk. In response some people have turned to active desks—be it a standing workspace or even a treadmill desk—but the research on this recent trend has been too scattered to draw clear conclusions on its benefits (and potential drawbacks). At least until now. A trio of Canada-based researchers has analyzed the strongest 23 active desk studies to draw some conclusions on how standing and treadmill desks impact both physiological health and psychological performance.

Mural is Purposely Painted Upside Down to Reflect Right Side Up in the Water Artist Ray Bartkus wanted to incorporate Lithuania’s Šešupė River into a captivating work of art, so he intentionally painted his mural upside-down. While the designs of the mural may appear quite ordinary at first glance, the real magic happens when viewers first notice the display’s river reflection. When reflected in the river’s dark waters, the painted figures seem to come to life, interacting with the water itself. Suddenly, swimmers, swans, and rowers seem to be sitting atop the water at the Marijampolė, Lithuania location. Even a pair of legs appear to peek out of the water, as though diver has just gone headfirst into the river.

Altered Landscapes Symposium: Arts & Human Rights » Watermans This symposium, which is part of the Altered Landscapes exhibition programme, will discuss issues of displacement and migration, exploring how art can catalyse debate around human rights and create a dialogue around these issues. Speakers include international artists May Abdalla and Juan delGado, curator and Co-Director of Culture+Conflict, Michaela Crimmin and Áine O’Brien, Co-Director of Counterpoint Arts. The symposium will be chaired by Saphia Crowther, editor at Amnesty International.

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