I love it when friends drop by for coffee. A brief discussion on sight, touch, brain matter…thought processes came up.
This brings me to my mom’s friend, Yoko’s silverware drawer.
If you were to open Yoko’s kitchen drawer you’d find the forks, spoons and knives poking towards you. I asked her why she flipped her silverware. She said it was a simple change anyone could do. She did it to remind herself that life was always in flux; not to settle for what the general defines as the norm and how one’s mind should maintain activity.
I tried it out…the silverware flip test. It may seem minor but it did throw me off each time I opened the drawer. I realized how my thoughts would wander to different realms each time I opened the drawer and had to flip the silverware back to the “norm” after a week. I guess my brain can only handle so much, especially in the mornings. Funny what simple gestures can do.
To shift things backwards to move one’s mind forward.
When we try to imagine color, it may be necessary to erase from our minds all pre-established categories and return to a blank state. In fact the word iro, “color” in Japanese, also signifies “lover”; it contains a range of associations far broader than what color processes today.
— Kenya Hara
Recalling Albert Einstein on elementary law:
The supreme task of the physicist is to arrive at those universal elementary laws from which the cosmos can be built by pure deduction. There is no logical path to these laws; only intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding, can lead to them…The longing to behold [cosmic] harmony is the source of inexhaustible patience and perseverance with which Plank has devoted himself…to the most general problems of our science…The state of mind that enables a man to do of this kind is akin to that of a religious worshiper or the lover, the daily efforts come from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart.
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Over the years, PICA has been proud to count PLAZM art director and Liquid Agency creative director Josh Berger among our supporters—as a designer, as an artist, and as a friend. Last May, Josh was in a serious bicycle accident resulting in a Traumatic Brain Injury. He is recovering on schedule, but the accident has resulted in substantial medical bills for his family. Those of us who have had the great pleasure of working with Josh are banding together to help his family recover from this devastating accident. It’s time for us to help.