Art: “Babson’s Sphere”

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(“Babson’s Sphere”  33 1/2 x 24” Framed enhanced photographic image printed on Museo Silver Rag – 300gsm)

In homage to Roger Babson’s essay “Gravity- Our Enemy No. 1,” after witnessing the death of his sister as she drowned, reflecting on the tragedy with his quote “She was unable to fight gravity, which came up and seized her like a dragon and brought her to the bottom.”  He would then create The Gravity Research Foundation, an organisation that would seek to fight against gravity as a hindrance and it’s threat to humanity.   From a scientific perspective, the Universe and/or natural systems are indifferent to human beings, not hostile.  In that being said a philosophical point of view could also express that what we deem as Nature and it’s Universal presence is the ultimate enemy of humankind.

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A mysterious object in our Solar System: It’s orbit around the Sun is messed up.

 

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(Image above from Daily Mail.  All credit due.  Niku’s odd orbit and tilted transit backward around the Sun)

As the Universe begins to resonate it’s mysteries and oddities, beyond what we currently know about astrophysics, the excitement of Tabby’s Star takes center stage.  After a quick draw debunking of Tabby’s Star as anything unusual, it has only resurfaced as a complete mystery with the alien mega structure hypotheses (I  personally don’t believe in the Dyson Sphere explanation) being the last on the list of possible answers, in the meantime no other natural phenomenon matches the bizarreness.  Stars, like our Sun, do not dramatically  dip in light.  It is what we would define as an unnatural occurrence.

In the meantime a new mystery, a recently discovered object called Niku, probably a malformed dwarf planet, is orbiting around the sun the opposite way.  That is strange.

From Business Insider:

The object is about 160,000 times fainter than Neptune, suggesting that it could be less than 120 miles in diameter. That makes the icy celestial body a minor planet, which means it’s smaller than a planet but not quite a comet.

Here’s where things get weird.

Niku orbits the solar system at a bizarre angle: a plane tilted 110 degrees to the flat plane of the solar system. This flat plane of the solar system — a disk in which planets move around the sun — is a defining quality of a planetary system.

But Niku, already moving above the plane, travels a little further upward every day.

And unlike the other law-abiding objects in the solar system, Niku travels against the flow of the bulk of the solar system, taking a wild backwards swing around the sun.

Objects that don’t move within the plane of the solar system or spin in the opposite direction must have been shoved off course by something else or tugged by the gravity of another object.

“It suggests that there’s more going on in the outer solar system than we’re fully aware of,” Matthew Holman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, part of the team that discovered Niku, told New Scientist, where we first saw the story.”

Barbara Gongini: Copenhagen Fashion Week – 2017

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(Images from: http://www.copenhagenfashionweek.com )

Within the confines of current Avant-Garde fashion and the narrow spectrum of black or white (rare) with it’s mixed grays.  There are limitations.  Since the pallet has been set inclusively from Black, the designer then has to push the boundaries with his/her designs.  That also includes presentation on the runway.  Barabra Gongini certainly is carving her own niche with her clothes, but it’s not pretty, she is looking for evocation, reaction.  An almost anti-fashion aesthetic, which in some ways is what avant garde fashion is, a rebellious selling point against the rigidity of industry establishment.  Which has to be respected, this is the evolution of style, it also sets a precedence for pushing newer looks and designs.   Gongini is most likely ahead of the pack, due to such distinctness and originality.  Accessories, in my  opinion, are essential in completing cutting edge clothes, in-which she works  oversized ‘gothic’ necklaces into her 2017 collection.  The models with their living dead/zombie makeup, would appear to represent the weak human vessel – the decayed biological shell, with the clothes becoming the ascendancy.  This could be why she has broken down the model aesthetics to a sickly look.  As mentioned, it is probably a commentary on human fragility.  Yet her clothes hold superiority.  A risky, yet admirable approach in selling an overall style.

Quote/s: Lebbeus Woods

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(Image from Lebbeus Woods War and Architecture (1996) from http://sangbleumagazine.com/2014/07/15/scars/ All credit due.)

“I’ve always been interested in the idea of the artificial landscape. Reforming the landscape. Architecture being a method of reforming the earth’s surface. We reshape the earth’s surface, from architecture to paving streets, to parking lots and buildings that are really reforming the surface of the earth. Reforming nature, taking over what we find. And we’re mushing it around and remaking a new earth – or, what we used to call Terra Nova.”

Cold War 2 (update 9)

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(Vietnam’s missile defense system bought from Israel.  Now in position South China Sea.  Image from DefenseDaily.com)

Despite the fact that the new cold-war is more akin to Jean Baudrillard concept of the hyper-real, a televised and almost simulated detachment from reality of one of the most alarming geopolitical events (South China Sea tensions) since the missile Cuban Crisis in 1962.  It is ‘new media’ interconnection and detachment of the real that becomes the norm, until the harshness of reality hits.  In the meantime the hyper-reality of the cold war maintains it’s proliferation.

From Reuters

“Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. 

Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months, a move likely to raise tensions with Beijing.”

Next step would be Chinese blockade of merchant ships going into Vietnam and Philippines.