Six Monkeys

Design project from Brendan Dawes is a collection of six physical objects that explore our relationship to email:

Six Monkeys … explores our interactions with email through physical Internet connected objects.

Email is often thought of with negative connotations; overflowing inboxes, strategies on how to get to inbox zero, dealing with the constant barrage of spam whilst each week seemingly giving raise to a new start-up that will promise to tame the evils of email.

There is however another side. Email is a ubiquitous, easy to understand system, working across any platform that can deliver not just the unwanted and the unloved but often the exact opposite; messages from friends, exciting opportunities, memories of trips taken and a million other things. It may not be perfect, but what is? It’s flawed yet it’s also beautiful.

Six Monkeys is a series of six connected objects that look at how we might change our relationship to email by changing the surrounding context of how we interact with it. By placing email within our everyday physical spaces it may get us to look at the familiarity of email in a new light; we may even learn to love it again.

Each object is named after a famous Chimpanzee used in linguistic research.

More can be found at the project website here

★ Physical Healing Crystals A-Z

Agate: upset stomach
Amethyst: headaches, blood, breathing/asthma,burns, prevents miscarriage, migraine, sleep disorder
Amazonite: stamina, childbirth/pregnancy, eczema, heart, teeth/gums
Amber: stomach, spleen, kidney, arthritis, headaches,brain, hearing
Aquamarine: liver, throat, stomach, nerves, acid reflux
Aventurine: nearsighted, adrenal glands, allergies, blood sugar (low), sinusitis

Black Tourmaline: intestines
Bloodstone: blood, energy circulation, acid reflux, anemia, colds, flu
Blue Lace Agate: stress, joints/bones, eczema, shingles, skin disorder,

Carnelian: energy, appetite, adrenal glands, allergies, colds
Citrine: digestive issues, diabetes, 
Chrysocolla: burns, throat infection, cramps, blood pressure (high&low)
Chrysoprase: healing wounds, burns, fertility
Clear Quartz: brain, fibromyalgia
Copper: arthritis

Diopside: bodily aches, crohn’s disease, fevers, trauma

Emerald: eye,heart, back issues, adrenal glands, body temperature
Eye Agate: sexual energy & stamina

Fire Opal: energy, sexual, adrenal glands, eyesight
respiratory, ulcers, joint issues, back, cancer, cold sores

Garnet: thyroid, spleen, allergies, anemia, down’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis
Golden quartz: 
respiratory, energy

Jade: kidneys, nervous system, adrendal glands, epilepsy/seizures
liver,  kidney cleansing, migraine, menstrual cramps

Kunzite: stress, tight muscles, acid reflux, schizophrenia

Lapis Lazuli: purifies and cleanses, arthritis/bones, cancer, herpes

Lodestone: cramps, asthma, acupuncture, bronchitis

Moonstone: pineal gland, hormone cycles,cancer, menopause
Moss Agate: eyes, stomach, bladder, skin disorder

Peridot: gall bladder, liver, fevers, insomnia, ulcers

Rainbox Obsidian: pain, tension
Rose Quartz: youthful skin, sexual issues, burns, vertigo, wrinkles

Serpentine: stomach, kidney, cramps, blood sugar (low)
Smokey Quartz:
pain, cramps, back, adrenal glands, fertility
Snowflake Obsidian:
muscle cramps, detox
Sodalite: tyroid, throat, blood pressure, diabetes, insomnia

Tiger’s eye: pain, nerves, adrenal gland, asthma, pancreas
Turquoise: stomach, viral infections, anti-inflammatory, acid reflux

Watermelon Tourmaline: calming

Last updated: Sept. 30th, 2014

It is so hard being a physical person. When I love, I don’t want to fuck you, I want to kiss you, hug you, cuddle with you, play with your hair. My ability to be a physical lover is not in a sexual way. It could be, and I would, but when I say physical I don’t mean fucking my brains out. I mean simple and sweet things. And you’re miles away and that kills me. I can’t hold you. I can’t kiss you when you cry or hug you after not seeing each other for a while. I can’t come over when I’m blue and you cuddle me until I’m a fiery red with a burning passion and love of you and life in my chest. I can’t do that. I can only hear your voice, cuddle a pillow, fall asleep to the sound of you breathing. I can only imagine what seeing you for the first time would be like or what our kisses would hold. I can only imagine. I constantly miss someone I’ve never truly known. And it’s hard and it hurts.
—  Maxee Alexander

Working On My Novel, Cory Arcangel (2014)

Working On My Novel is a book which is based on a twitter feed that re-tweets the best posts featuring the phrase “working on my novel.”

What does it feel like to try and create something new? How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?

Working On My Novel is about the act of creation and the gap between the different ways we express ourselves today. Exploring the extremes of making art, from satisfaction and even euphoria to those days or nights when nothing will come, it’s the story of what it means to be a creative person, and why we keep on trying.

(All of the tweets collected in this book are used with the permission of the original authors.)

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd