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Ur sound, or, the noise no writing can store
Mitchell Akiyama
January 20 – February 21, 2012
1265 Bloor St W Gendai Workstation

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Cognitive skills can start to fall from the age of 45, not from around the age of 60 as is commonly thought, according to research published on Friday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

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Last Night at the Bathurst Street location of the Taoist Tai Chi, I taught my first class! It was not in the beautiful outdoors as seen here, but as you can see it is a beautiful moving meditation.

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Martha Eleen: I, Huck
Mary Catherine Newcomb: Grassy
January 7– January 29, 2012

I, Huck by Martha Eleen maps the domestic space framing the artist’s relationship with her son Gabe, who is vulnerable and requires constant support. A view of a dynamic person whose natural gifts of sharp wit, emanating love, and disarming honesty are obscured by disability bias. The titles are quotes from Gabe.

In her January 2012 exhibition at loop Gallery Mary Catherine Newcomb combines an image of the hare, a recurring personal symbol, with her interest in working with living media; (she) raise(s) questions about relationship between different life forms.

loop Gallery
1273 Dundas St W Toronto
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In reality, every human body harbours about a quadrillion microbes, all of them crawling around and breeding, very few of these critters are harmful. A lot of them are benevolent, and many are kind of smart.

Your body is a wonderland, a super organism-like a colony of ants, more like a rainforest. Each of the thousands of bacterial species inside of you is incredibly fine-tuned for its environment. Understanding how microbes compete for resources has helped doctors combat various diseases, including ventilator-associated pneumonia by using bacteria found in your saliva. Using bacteria to spin spider silk to combat a strain of salmonella. Also using nerve cells to repair or patch up diseased or broken parts of the body.

Info obtained from Mental Floss issue Cured! New Cures For Everything article ‘The Quadrillion Bugs Inside You…and How They’re Going to Help You Live Forever’ by Sam Kean

The brain undergoes extensive re-modeling and a massive reorganization between our 12th and 25th years…when this development proceeds normally we get better at balancing impulse, desire, goals, self-interes, rules, ethics, and even altruism; generating behaviour that is more complex, and more sensible.

Teens behave with such vexing inconsistency because their brains aren’t done, along with lacking experience generally, they’re still learning to use their brain’s new networks…not a rough draft but a highly adaptable creature, the more we learn about what makes this period unique, the more adolescence starts to seem functionally effiencent.

Info obtained from National Geographic issue The New Science Of The Teenage Brain article ‘Beautiful Brains’ by David Dobbs

Women wearing glamorous makeup may seem less appealing over time. (R)esearchers showed men and women images of models with different amounts of makeup…women with heavier cosmetics rated higher in attractiveness, likability, trustworthiness, and competence.

But given unlimited viewing time , the trust and likability advantages disappeared, suggesting that cosmetics impact reflexive and reflective judgments differently.

Info obtained from Psychology Today issue Stop Self-Sabotage article ‘The Makeup Paradox’ by Sarah Stanley

Whistler bristled at the idea that art had to tell a story or provide a moral. Paintings he felt should stand alone as an arrangement of colours and lines, just as a symphony stands alone as this idea would be known as Aestheticism.

Info obtained from Mental Floss issue Cured! New Cures For Everything, article A Portrait Of The Artist’s Mother Elizabeth Lunday

If you take a million people and you look at the same areas of their brains, you will see those areas more or less committed to performing the same functions or processes but they may not be in the exact same place. And they shouldn’t be, because each of us will have different life experiences…each hemisphere tends to specialize in certain functions but is not hardwired to do so. The age at which we learn a mental skill strongly influences the area to which it gets processed.

Further reading of the novel The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Here is myself at the Victoria Bug Zoo where I am posing with a living millipede, as a moustache. They have 60 different species of living insects (give or take a few). Almost for every one I was the first, or only volunteer to have them crawl onto my hand, arm or as you can see face!

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