The complete stillness of the brain is an extraordinary thing.

The complete stillness of the brain is an extraordinary thing; it is highly sensitive, vigorous, fully alive, aware of every outward movement but utterly still. It is still as it is completely open, without any hindrance, without any secret wants and pursuits; it is still as there is no conflict which is essentially a state of contradiction. It is utterly still in emptiness; this emptiness is not a state of vacuum, a blankness; it is energy without a centre, without a border. Walking down the crowded street, smelly and sordid, with the buses roaring by, the brain was aware of the things about it and the body was walking along, sensitive, alive to the smells, to the dirt, to the sweating labourers but there was no centre from which watching, directing, censoring took place. During the whole of that mile and back the brain was without a movement, as thought and feeling; the body was getting tired, unaccustomed to the frightful heat and humidity though the sun had set some time ago. It was a strange phenomenon though it had happened several times before. One can never get used to any of these things for it is not a thing of habit and desire. It is always surprising, after it is over.

- Jiddu Krishnaurti - Krishnamurti s Notebook Part 6

“I want to stir the perception that most of us have of a ‘ginger’ as a white Caucasian individual, potentially of Celtic descent. 

As we struggle with issues of immigration, discrimination and racial prejudice, Mother Nature, meanwhile, follows its own course, embracing society’s plurality and, in the process, shaking up our perceptions about origins, ethnicity and identity.

"I am perplexed that despite being all intrinsically the same from a biological point of view (after all, we all have two legs, two arms, one head), we allow small variations in skin colour, shape, gender etc. to dictate how some individuals should be perceived and treated. Our primal fear of the unknown still yields some snappy and completely irrational behaviours.”

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All animals are somebody—someone with a life of their own. Behind those eyes is a story, the story of their life in their world as they experience it. In our culture, we have been encouraged to think of animals as things, as commodities. The great challenge lies in having a change of perception. The realization that they have a life of their own, independent of their utility to me or to anyone else: this is what I am trying to get at when I speak of them as being “subjects of a life.” In this sense, they are exactly like us, equal to us. — Tom Regan

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DOORS

Installation by Theoriz is a doorway that leads to virtual perceptions, utilizating head tracking to provide convincing perspective to participating observer:

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”  - William Blake

Doors is an ongoing research work from our R&D department.

Between reality and virtuality, we are playing with the feeling of perception and infinite space. In this setup we had a real time anamorphic custom software computing the perspective of the nearest person. Through a 4 channel immersive and 3D spatialized sound, people could experience and discover virtual audioreactive landscapes by simply moving in space.

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As part of a social experiment to explore bias, 6 photographers took portraits of the same actor, who gave them each a different backstory about himself. The results showed how ‘a photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what is in front of it.' 

RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC

Photo by:  Chris Meredith

LIFE SAVER

Photo by: Franky Tsang

EX-CONVICT

Kate Disher-Quill

SELF-MADE MILLIONAIRE

Photo by:  Tristan Stefan Edouard

COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN

Photo by:  Jin Lim

PSYCHIC

Photo by: Lyndal Irons  

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i love ships where the stoic person doesn’t change all that much when they fall in love. they’re still rather cold, they don’t think holding hands is necessary or efficient, things like that. i feel like there’s a lot of pressure for couples to seem super lovey and shit, but that fails to take into account people who just don’t show their affection that way. love isn’t defined by how obnoxious a couple is in public. 

When you’re holding a gun, you see other guns - even if they aren’t there, and especially if you’re a gun owner. A study showed video gamers and gun owners were more likely to perceive shoes and other objects as guns while holding a real gun themselves. Gun owners however, saw more imaginary guns whether the gun they were holding was real or not. Source  Source 2 

“Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Artist: Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado