Digital Media · Film/Video/New Media · Motion Graphics · Photographics

3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo

Impressive demonstration of turning 2D objects in photographs into manipulable 3D objects, using a simple 3 point method at key areas. Via

Bio · Human-ities · Philosophy · Theory

The Role of Bodily Perception in Emotion: In Defense of an Impure Somatic Theory

In this paper, we develop an impure somatic theory of emotion, according to which emotions are constituted by the integration of bodily perceptions with representations of external objects, events, or states of affairs. We put forward our theory by contrasting it with Prinz’s (2004) pure somatic theory, according to which emotions are entirely constituted by bodily perceptions. After illustrating Prinz’s theory and discussing the evidence in its favor, we show that it is beset by serious problems—i.e., it gets the neural correlates of emotion wrong, it isn’t able to distinguish emotions from bodily perceptions that aren’t emotions, it cannot account for emotions being directed towards particular objects, and it mischaracterizes emotion phenomenology. We argue that our theory accounts for the empirical evidence considered by Prinz and solves the problems faced by his theory. In particular, we maintain that our theory gives a unified and principled account of the relation between emotions and bodily perceptions, the intentionality of emotions, and emotion phenomenology.


Human-ities · Performativity · Public Space · Sculpt/Install

Amanda Whittaker – In love with Libby (The Statue of Liberty)

Amanda Whittaker, 27, has an unusual condition known as objectum sexuality, which means she falls in love with inanimate objects.

The monument is the latest in a long line of objects that Amanda has fallen in love with, as she admitted to the Sun on Sunday that she had a passionate affair with a drum kit in her teens.

Speaking to the newspaper, she said: ‘She is my long-distance lover and I am blown away by how stunning she is.

‘Other people might be shocked to think I can have romantic feelings for an object, but I am not the same as them.’

Amanda has filled her home in Leeds with memorabilia related to the statue and revealed that she has often thought about tying the knot with the object, which she affectionately calls ‘Libby’.

Text via Metro
Image above: Amanda Whittaker has a shrine to the Statue of Liberty in her home (Pic: Ross Parry)

For more on Objectum Sexuality see our previous post on Erika Eiffel (aka. Mrs. Berliner Mauer) and her love story with the Berlin Wall.

Bio · Photographics · Vital-Edible-Health

Reverse Engineering the Refrigerator by Jihyun Ryou

Jihyun Ryou is interested in food preservation. According to her:

“Observing the food and therefore changing the notion of food preservation, we could find the answer to current situations such as the overuse of energy and food wastage. My design is a tool to implement that knowledge in a tangible way and slowly it changes the bigger picture of society. I believe that once people are given a tool that triggers their minds and requires a mental effort to use it, new traditions and new rituals can be introduced into our culture.”

This project is about traditional oral knowledge which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life.

Through the research into the current situation of food preservation, I’ve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We don’t observe the food any more and we don’t understand how to treat it.

Therefore my design looks at re-introducing and re-evaluating traditional oral knowledge of food, which is closer to nature. Furthermore, it aims to bring back the connection between different levels of living beings, we as human beings and food ingredients as other living beings.

Through the objects of everyday life, design can introduce traditional oral knowledge into people’s lives through their experience of using it. Objects make invisible knowledge evident.

Via Architizer