invisible architecture

Hellnar, Iceland

Submitted by Lise Colette / @lisecolette

That was the announcement of twilight and the countdown to my first night sleeping in a rented car, since I decided to venture myself in a nine-days journey through stunning Iceland. I wasn’t aware of what that scenery would bring me: the coldest and also the most powerful nature’s masterpiece of my entire life. I had just arrived at the destination, hours away from my last hot coffee, right in time to watch the sky paint itself in dramatic colours. All I had in hands so far was the incredible sky, a pen drive full of music, a winter sleeping-bag, a bunch of snacks, chocolate bars and water. Suddenly I passed by this magnificent house, silent witness of so many climatic metamorphoses. And just to distract myself from the cruel wind, I started to mentally recreate the tough path of every single bolt of that shelter, from civilization to this immensity of beauty. Magically, from my car window and without ever having entered through that door, I felt just like an invisible guest of the architecture of hidden places. Thereafter, I ended my long day parking the car a few meters away, giving myself time to appreciate a blend of nature with someone else’s art, a royal instant of pleasure.

SPEECH structures the abyss of mental and acoustic
space, shrouding the race, it is a cosmic, invisible architecture
of the human dark. Speak that I may see you.
WRITING turned a spotlight on the high, dim Sierras
of speech; writing was the visualization of acoustic space. It
lit up the dark. These five kings did a king to death.
A goose’s quill put an end to talk, abolished mystery, gave
architecture and towns, brought roads and armies, bureaucracies.
It was the basic metaphor with which the cycle of
CIVILIZATION began, the step from the dark into the
light of the mind. The hand that filled a paper built a city.

Celestial Cities by David Fleck

FINAL CALL! Here is the Celestial Cities collection in full. Inspired by the solar system and Italo Calvino’s novel “Invisible Cities”, I’m hand printing limited editions using laser engraved wooden blocks.

There are just 4 hours left to support me through kickstarter- you can get some art and exclusive goodies, and you’ll be helping support the printing costs and future print collections. Please don’t miss out!
By the late 1980s, AIDS had been in the United States for almost a decade. AIDS became the number one killer of young men in New York City, then of young men in the country, then of young men and w...

Learn the story behind the AIDS ribbon, part of MoMA’s design collection, in this episode of the 99% Invisible podcast.

anonymous asked:

What are the podcasts you like listening to then? (in reference to the music ask response)

It’s tough going finding podcasts to listen to, because so many of them are on the theme of “People read stuff from Wikipedia”. And I’m okay with people reading stuff from Wikipedia if they’re funny about it, but a lot aren’t. 

(That said, nobody should recc me any, I’m at my saturation point for podcasts; if you want to leave a general recc in comments or reblogs feel free but please remember I don’t post asks sent in response to other asks because that way lies madness.)

Soooooo let’s see….

  • Caustic Soda Podcast was about the gross side of science and human behavior; it ended a while ago but I still relisten to episodes of that. 
  • The Dead Authors Podcast (a semi-improv in which HG Wells interviews famous dead authors from history) also ended a while ago but is a lot of fun to listen to. 
  • How Did This Get Made is a fun podcast about bad movies (it is not about how movies are made, the question is rhetorical), but mostly I listen for Jason and June; the ads and the minisodes are all done by Paul and are UNBEARABLE.
  • I listen to Planet Money (about all things financial), Surprisingly Awesome (about boring things that are actually not boring), and 99% Invisible (about design, including architecture and urban planning) but not religiously because sometimes they’re talking about stuff I’m just not that into.
  • I’ve been listening to Sawbones (about medical history) but I’m kind of over it, I feel like I never quite get the info I want on the topic at hand.
  • I’ve pretty much stopped listening to Sword and Scale (a true-crime show) because it kind of veered out of “discussing true crime and its ramifications” and into “murder porn”. 
  • I fell really far behind on Welcome To Night Vale (a fictional show about a mysterious desert community) and thought to myself “I’ll never catch up, oh my god” and then realized I was kind of okay with not catching up, so I guess I stopped listening.

And there are a few that I’m not willing to recommend in public because while I listen to and enjoy parts of them, I’m also well aware that they are SUPER problematic and I don’t want to give them good word of mouth. 

“Invisible” trains are coming to Japan

Japan’s Red Arrow commuter train will see a major face-lift by 2018 when architect and designer Kazuyo Sejima redesigns several express-route trains with a unique look, to say the least. The trains will feature “rounded lines and a semi-reflective coating that acts like mirror,” to help them blend into the landscape. And the interiors will be just as pleasant it seems.

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Not sure what to get that young/budding/amateur writer in your life? Here are my top recommendations.

On Technique (Resources, Lessons, and Prompts)

The Describer’s Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition)

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The dictionary uses a unique reverse definition-to-term format that makes it easy to zero in on the term you’re seeking. Turn to the new section on sensory impressions, for example, to find vivid terms for “loud or jarring.”

And at the end of each section dozens of illustrative passages by notable fiction and nonfiction authors—including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux—bring the terminology to life.

Story Engineering

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Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story–and uses it as the basis for narrative.

The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction

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The 3 A.M. Epiphany offers more than 200 intriguing writing exercises designed to help you think, write, and revise like never before - without having to wait for creative inspiration.

The Elements of Eloquence: Secrets of the Perfect Turn of Phrase

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From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase—such as “O Captain! My Captain!” or “To be or not to be”—memorable.

How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

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Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short-form writing in Western culture, HOW TO WRITE SHORT guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition

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This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.

On Inspiration (Memoir, Motivation, and Leading by Example)

Letters to a Young Poet

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These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of the 20th century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon subjects that will interest writers, artists, and thinkers.

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn’t get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.

This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it’s about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do.

The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

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Beginning with the metaphor of the archer’s arrow that cannot travel in a direct line but must rise and fall before it hits its target, Lewis deftly weaves together theories on failure from hundreds of sources. Moving smoothly from Wynton Marsalis’ thoughts on jazz improvisation to Al Gore’s reflection on presidential loss, Lewis’ chapters profile those who have achieved mastery in their field by following the indirect path, often moving backwards, losing out, experimenting, and playing the amateur.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, 2nd Edition

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For more than twenty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice —"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind.“ 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Though aimed at writers, this book is full of sage advice and razor-edged honesty for the average joe. If you’re a writer–and I claim to be one–it’s more than a few anecdotes and good advice; it’s a lifeline in the thrashing seas of rough-draftdom, a foothold on the sands of jealousy and vain ambition. Anne makes it clear that writing must be pursued for something other than mere publication.

Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

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At once a memoir, a meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate companion to living a creative life.

Make Good Art

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In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art.

The bookMake Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech.

The Artist’s Way

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With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.

Journaling Your Goals: Prompts, Motivation, and Advice to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

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Journaling Your Goals is a self-help book which introduces writing and journaling techniques for dreamers to help set, track, and follow through with personal goals and development. 

Week One: Here and Now 
-evaluate the current balance of your life 
-realize your values 
-start implementing small changes to make you more productive 
-learn how to track your productivity 

Week Two: Reflect: 
-look carefully at what you’ve accomplished 
-how your current behavior could bring you joy…or regret 
-how to overcome paralyzing doubt 
-how to combat fear 
-how to become a better you 

Week Three: Act On It: 
-associate hard work with good things 
-visualize your goals 
-automate your routines 
-use various techniques to "hack” your brain to respond positively to your efforts at productivity. 

Week Four: Moving Forward: 
-create your own manifesto 
-start a spiritual routine 
-celebrate your achievements 
-support yourself with self-care and healing techniques 

On Getting Work Done (Discipline, Habit, and Ritual)

Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty

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The number one fear of all creative types—crafters, DIYers, makers, artists—is that failure lurks right around the corner. Crafty blogger and creativity guru Kim Piper Werker urges everyone to pick up their pen or paintbrush or scissors and make something mighty ugly: get that “failure” out of the way. This friendly book offers up a multi-pronged approach to overcoming creative fears through inspiring essays and anecdotes, interviews, exercises and prompts, and sage advice from all over the creative spectrum to help individuals slay their creative demons.

No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

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Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling.

Write: 10 Days to Overcome Writer’s Block. Period.

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In this revolutionary book, psychologist and novelist Karen E. Peterson presents an easy, effective way to beat writer’s block in only ten days. Based on new brain research and sound psychological principles, this innovative program shows writers how to conquer writer’s block using a variety of exercises.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

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Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.”
Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, 

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

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Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?
Better than Before answers that question.

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love

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Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you feel like you’re crawling through your story, struggling for each paragraph? Would you like to get more words every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It’s not impossible, it’s not even that hard. This is the story of how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can, too.

“If we tell you why we’re building an invisible skyscraper, that would defeat the entire purpose of having an invisible skyscraper.”

4 Cartoon Villain Technologies That Are Coming to Life

#3. South Korea Is Building a Giant Invisible Skyscraper

The lair office tower works its magic through a series of LED projectors and cameras all simultaneously depicting whatever view the tower is blocking, which is another way of saying it’s going to look like a giant block of TV screens in the middle of [Seoul].

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Imagining Empty Worlds with @mau.cp

For more invisible worlds and fooling perspectives, follow @mau.cp on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)

Things aren’t always what they seem. At least that’s the mantra behind Guatemalan visual artist Mauricio Contreras-Paredes (@mau.cp), who likes to create visual incentives to prompt an interaction between art and spectators.

“Imagine an empty world, without curves, almost totally blue. It’s a world where perspectives fool you and where planes interact almost randomly. That’s my artistic style,” says Mauricio.

Mauricio’s choice of blue, however, is not random. “I am really invested in blue because gaseous bodies or transparent liquids, like the sky or the sea, are perceived as blue. As my work explores invisible or imaginary architecture, somehow transparent blue is conceptually perfect.”

Mauricio enjoys his creative process more than the final piece and also combines pictures of food with his own art. “I believe that food is also an art, a brief kind of art. What’s the difference between a dish by Ferran Adrià and a painting by Picasso?” he asks.

Closed Mysteries

I think I am going to murder a few so called magicians one day. Cause, you know, the chronic misogyny I’m seeing in response to kushl0rd’s post on menstruation, as well as other posts is just sickening. The sense of entitlement white cismale ‘magicians'  exhibit is…fucking irritating and symptomatic of the fact that for all your talk about freedom and divinity, you’re enjoying the benefits of a milennium of privilege and you’re fine with that.

You know why I’m saying it’s fucking irritating? Why that’s all I’m saying it is to me? Because I don’t have to raise my voice to be heard, and I’m not instantly dismissed or pigeonholed or shouted down. Because I’m cismale and though I may be crippled and have been the victim of abuse in my life, I’m still not going to get dismissed as much. So it’s an irritation to me, nothing more. But it’s not that to the people you’re dismissing, that you’re putting down.

You’re saying that your experience trumps theirs when you’ve never experienced menstruation in your life, never inhabited the body of someone going through these processes. You really think you can comprehend the complex psychosexual alchemy involved from reading a book?

I don’t really know kushl0rd, just her posts on here, but you know what? I studied philosophy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. And I get listened to because of that. As far as I understand it, she’s studying similar things at similar levels, or will be, because she’s younger than me. And women get dismissed there, too. So when I tell you she is, by my reading, an absolute badass, it is because we’ve done similar things, but she’s had to deal with a fucktonne of stuff that I never did.  Same goes for every non-cismale magician I know.

If there is one thing I have learnt in life, but especially in magic, it is that contrary to popular belief, there are such things as Closed Mysteries. These are forms of knowledge and experience which are not available to everyone, and no matter of wishing it otherwise makes it so. Yes it’s fundamentally undemocratic, but you know what? The universe is undemocratic.

As to who enforces these Mysteries? Usually it’s got very little to do with humans at all, and everything to do with fundamental Beingness. When I say that there Closed Mysteries, it’s nothing as simple as Women’s or Men’s Mysteries, because fuck the gender binary bullshit. What it has do with is individual capacities to experience and process things.

theheadlesshashasheen is not going to experience things exactly as I am, even though we’ve been up to similar shit together for over a decade now. There is significant overlap, but each of us knows that we have our own links and methods by which the Mysteries reveal themselves to us. We share enough of an experiential framework that we’re part of a weird cult, but that cult doesn’t proselytise. In fact some of the things we do and discuss will look like utter bullshit to outsiders. But every now and then, something we talk about will click with someone and bang, welcome back to the Hedkult long lost fellow.

And when some person holds forth on the Cult of the Head, we’ll nod and smile but that’s all. Because unless you’ve been in the weirdness that is the experience, you’ll never get it. I don’t care if you’ve been practicing for seventy years and have a personal note from Gardener, Crowley or Alex Sanders - if you don’t have the right makeup, you’re not going to get it.

We aren’t gatekeepers. The experience is. That’s what initiation is. And if you haven’t had the experience, you’re not qualified to the same degree than those who have.. That’s just a fact.

And life, is an initiation. It never ends. Each of us has, at our centre, a rune, a Mystery, which is the flaming telesmatic star Crowley spoke of. It is unique to each of us, and inviolate. Which means that those of you who want talk over people living their lives are in very real magical danger of pissing off someone who could teach you a great deal, who could help you understand yourself better, and become adept at that silent vibrating Mystery.

You’re cutting off your nose to spite your face kids. Not everyone’s sworn Crowley’s Oath of the Abyss, but I promise you that every single person has something you can learn from. Empty your goddamn cup, lest it become stagnant.

And I know it’s hard. That you’ve been trained by society and the architecture of invisible bias to think you can have everything you want, if you just work hard enough or shout loud enough. It’s something everyone struggles with.

But that’s a goddamn lie to keep you on a familliar controllable path, because gods forbid you go off-piste, where anything can happen. Because if you accept that some doors are closed to you, you start looking for alternative ways to be, unique and terrible and wonderful paths which are so very weird as to seem totally impossible.

So you know what? Maybe it’s your duty to Listen Before You Speak. Maybe it’s your duty to aid fellow travellers not speak over them. Maybe it’s best to keep your mouth shut, because while people are capable of defending themselves, there are people who are willing to watch their back.

And I know people do the talking-over by default, but seriously folks, this is a time when school reports will bear the phrase Could Do Better. This is when we have to accept that one-size-fits all simply cannot and does not apply.
What works for you, may not work for others, and others may be capable of kinds of knowing and being you can never approach. And that’s completely OK. Because it’s not about you, is it?

Does not matter, need not be. - Austin Osman Spare
The Architecture of Evil: Dystopian Megacorps in Speculative Fiction Films - 99% Invisible
The evil corporation has always held a special place in film. From Blade Runner’s Tyrell Corporation to Robocop’s Omni Consumer Products and beyond, dystopian capitalism is a staple of many films’ most successful antagonists. What’s fascinating about the evil megacorporation is that its architectural aesthetic has remained virtually unchanged throughout its history: brooding Late Modernist (AKA High-tech