Suicidal Akirov, was created as an architectural tribute to “High Rise” - a novel of the great English novelist J.G Ballard. I was deeply disturbed with the thought of how relevant the idea of the fanatic isolation that the 21th century dwelling experience Imposes on all of us. The intense depression, of the high rise residence, which led them to bestial violent behaviors, unsettlingly lingered in my mind. Akirov Towers are iconic tween buildings in the center of Tel Aviv, Israel, which represent the hyper capitalism culture that devours the metropolitan since the late 90s. In the drawing I depicted one of the buildings and placed people jumping from its balconies. On the top of the drawing I quoted the disturbing opening line of Ballard’s novel which refer to the process of mental decadence caused by the self-inflicted alienation of the high rise dwellers: “Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months”.
Suicidal Akirov, was drawn with a Wacom table in Photoshop, 2014. It is the second part of a 4 pieces series called ABANDONED which deals with different urban situations in the current urban domain. The full series can be viewed in my website: www.roydavidstudio.com.
Living up there
via Gizmag (↬WebUrbanist)
When Swedish architect Karin Matz discovered a small space in Stockholm, which for over 30 years had been used for furniture storage, she was instantly inspired to transform [the 36 sq m (387 sq ft) space] into a multipurpose tiny home.
Using pine-plywood Matz based the design of the kitchen and bed area on an IKEA unit. Glass panels are used to separate the kitchen/bed/wardrobe spaces from each other and roller curtains have been fitted to the ceiling, allowing the kitchen and/or the sleeping quarters to be closed off from the living area.
Trailer for 20,000 Days on Earth, the documentary about creative polymath Nick Cave. Pair with Cave’s eclectic list of influences, which suddenly makes so much sense.
Love nick cave
The Whole Catch by Cameron Turnbull & Tom Walker / Béhance
Amazing sound bite #brain #mind #neurology
25 years ago June 4th, Tiananmen Square
Important peculiarities of the human memory system:
- A remarkable capacity for storing information is coupled with a highly fallible retrieval process.
- What is accessible in memory is highly dependent on the current environmental, interpersonal, emotional and body-state cues.
- Retrieving information from memory is a dynamic process that alters the subsequent state of the system.
- Access to competing memory representations regresses towards the earlier representation over time
Brain research supports the existence of at least seven primary-process (basic) emotional systems - SEEKING, RAGE, FEAR, LUST, CARE, GRIEF (formerly PANIC), and PLAY - concentrated in ancient subcortical regions of all mammalian brains.
In sum, affective neuroscientific analysis of basic emotions is based on several highly replicable facts: (i) Coherent emotional-instinctual behaviors can be aroused by electrically stimulating very specific subcortical regions of the brain; (ii) Wherever one evokes emotional action patterns with ESB, there are accompanying affective experiences. Again, the gold standard for this assertion is the fact that the brain stimulations can serve as “rewards” when positive-emotions are aroused - eg, SEEKING, LUST, CARE, and aspects of PLAY. When negative emotions are aroused - RAGE, FEAR, GRIEF - animals escape the stimulation; (iii) The above behavioral and affective changes are rarely, if ever, evoked from higher prefrontal neocortical regions, suggesting that higher brain areas may not have the appropriate circuitry to generate affective experiences, although the neocortex can clearly regulate (eg, inhibit) emotional arousals and, no doubt, prompt emotional feelings by dwelling on life problems.
A new way to hold standard game controllers (via)
"Basically, fans took the piss out of the fact that the game required you to have about 15 fingers and that ‘this’ was the only solution,"