From NY mag
"So some atheists are taking seriously the idea that atheism needs to stand for things, like evolution and ethics, not just against things, like God. The most successful movements in history, after all—Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc.—all have creeds, cathedrals, schools, hierarchies, rituals, money, clerics, and some version of a heavenly afterlife. Churches fill needs, goes the argument—they inculcate ethics, give meaning, build communities. “Science and reason are important,” says Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain of Harvard University. “But science and reason won’t visit you in the hospital.”"
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In my opinion the two elements juxtaposed here: Fashion and War, are equally mundane and also exceptional. But it talks a bout access to a situation. Maybe we are too used to the premise of exclusion by luxury brands, maybe that exclusion is the ultimate form of power, not for that more just than war. Economical power has in one end luxury as playground and in the other war as ways to secure the playground.
From the artist website: "We are in a state of perpetual war – with ourselves and with the eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear. In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption.
Deep down, we are afraid we may never be satisfied. An expanding archive of branded myths and icons feeds this fear. Designer Gas Masks is an attempt to visualize this state of mind. Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier.
The masks are currently made for gallery purposes only."
A Japanese acoustics expert has given a voice to the smiling woman in Leonardo da Vinci's famous 16th century portrait, The Mona Lisa. Dr. Matsumi Suzuki, who usually works on criminal investigations, took measurements of the Mona Lisa's face and hands to create a model of her skull. Suzuki said the lower part of the face is wide and her chin is pointed. Suzuki says that means she had a relatively low voice with mid-pitch tones. Suzuki then hired an Italian woman to add intonation to the created voice.
You can hear the Mona Lisa say "I am the Mona Lisa. My true identity is shrouded in mystery."
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