Folksonomy | Mind and Body is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:40:28 +1000 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:40:28 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 My 93-year-old Flatmate a Dutch retirement home experiment My 93-year-old Flatmate by Aaron Lewis Meggie Palmer Bernadine Lim Airdate Tuesday May 3 2016 - 21 30 Channel SBS Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:40:28 +1000 Radio La Colifata radio broadcast from inside a mental hospital More than 20 years ago a psychology student doing his training at one of Argentina s oldest psychiatric wards kept being asked by his family and friends what it was like to work in there So he came up with an idea to let the patients explain in their own words The first radio station to broadcast from inside a mental hospital was born Radio La Colifata - slang for loon crazy person has been on air from Hospital Jose Borda in Buenos Aires every Saturday afternoon for 23 years - to confront the stigma around mental illness breaking through the wall in AM FM and now online Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:10:37 +1000 Daniel Kahneman Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman on Making Smarter Decisions The bestselling author of Thinking Fast and Slow talks about overcoming the cognitive biases and errors that can affect decision ndash making Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:51:42 +1000 Breathing Friend stress relief ball by Czech industrial design student Diploma Work created by industrial design student Kate amp 345 ina Pra 382 aacute kov aacute at the Czech Technical University Prague in 2014 Tento maly amp 769 p amp 345 iacute tel je ur amp 269 en jako d aacute rek pro 382 eny trp iacute c iacute stresem M amp 367 382 e se pro n aacute s st aacute t bl iacute zky amp 769 m tak jako hra amp 269 ka v d amp 283 tstv iacute amp 269 i pouze n aacute strojem ktery amp 769 n aacute s nen aacute silnou formou dok aacute 382 e uklidnit Povrch si ka 382 dy amp 769 m amp 367 382 e vytvo amp 345 it s aacute m podle svy amp 769 ch sympati iacute a t iacute m se st aacute v aacute osobn amp 283 j 353 iacute P amp 345 i uchopen iacute tohoto k amp 345 ehk eacute ho dy amp 769 chaj iacute c iacute ho stvo amp 345 en iacute m amp 367 382 eme p amp 345 iacute jemn amp 283 relaxovat a na chv iacute li zapomenout na chaos kolem n aacute s D iacute ky svoj iacute velikosti jej m amp 367 382 eme m iacute t st aacute le u sebe And as translated from Czech to English using Google Translate This little friend is designated as gift for women suffering from stress It may become for us so close like a toy in childhood or just tool that nonviolent us form can soothe Surface everyone can create by himself their sympathy and becomes personal In this gripping brittle breathing creature we can relax and moment forget the chaos around us Kate amp 345 ina Pra 382 aacute kov aacute 2014 The project set out to address the problem of everyday stress through creating a stress relief ball called Breathing Friend In doing so various materials were considered because of their significance for the target user group The project has an anthropomorphistic aspect through its use of subtle vibration and physical warmth Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:48:45 +1000 Hogeweyk Dutch village designed just for people with dementia In the small town of Weesp in Holland ndash that bastion of social progressivism ndash at a dementia ndash focused living center called De Hogeweyk aka Dementia Village the relationship between patients and their care is serving as a model for the rest of the world The idea explains Hogeweyk s creators is to design a world that maintains as much a resemblance to normal life as possible ndash without endangering the patients For example one common symptom is the urge to roam often without warning which had led most memory units and dementia care centres to institute a strict lock ndash down policy In one German town an Alzheimer s care center event set up a fake bus stop to foil wandering residents At Hogeweyk the interior of the security perimeter is its own little village ndash which means that patients can move about as they wish without being in danger Each apartment hosts six to eight people including caretakers ndash who wear street clothes ndash and the relationship between the two is unique Residents help with everything from cooking to cleaning They can buy whatever they want from the grocery They can get their hair done or go to a restaurant It s those basic routines and rituals that can help residents maintain a better quality of living People with dementia often struggle with unfamiliar spaces colours and even decor At Hogeweyk apartments are designed to reach familiar cultural touchstones categorized into six basic genres of design goois or upperclass the decor looks old fashioned homey Christian artisan Indonesian and cultural Each apartment is different catered to a particular lifestyle right down to the silverware and furniture Living in lifestyles explains Hogeweyk just like before Molenaar amp Bol amp VanDillen but it was the brainchild of Yvonne van Amerongen a caregiver who has worked with memory patients for decades Starting in the early 1990s van Amerongen and a group of like ndash minded caregivers began researching and designing a type of home where residents would participate in life the same way they did before they entered a dementia care unit What Hogeweyk reveals is the culturally ingrained way we distinguish between those who do and don t suffer from dementia By treating residents as normal people Hogeweyk seems to suggest that there isn t such a huge difference deep down ndash just differing needs By designing a city tailored to those unique needs residents avoid the dehumanisation that long ndash term medical care can unintentionally cause All ndash Generations Care Services 21 June 2014 Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:31:24 +1000 Australian anti-discrimination campaign Stop Think Respect beyondblue s new national anti ndash discrimination campaign highlights the impact of racism on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Research shows that subtle or casual racism can be just as harmful as more overt forms Imagine being judged in a job interview by the colour of your skin rather than the strength of your CV How would you feel if you were watched in a shop or treated differently on public transport Why should anyone be made to feel like crap just for being who they are Stop Think Respect encourages everyone in Australia to check their behaviour Stop the discrimination think about how your comments or actions could cause real distress and harm and respect people who are different from you Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:59:15 +1000 A Feminist Analysis of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty Abstract Drawing from several areas of research this thesis explores the ways in which Dove s Campaign for Real Beauty appropriates feminist themes to sell beauty products to the detriment of female consumers Advertising and marketing have long held the power to create shape and reinforce cultural norms and for years advertisers have been able to propagate and strengthen gender stereotypes Though there has been a push since the late 1990s to stem the flow of sexist and potentially dangerous advertising messages about women s bodies ads still disseminate harmful messages that contribute to the further sexualization and oppression of women in the United States Dove is just one of the many female ndash targeted brands that claim to hold progressive woman ndash positive ideals while still selling products intended to make women more beautiful ndash supposedly the ultimate goal for any modern female While the campaign professes a desire to increase confidence and self ndash esteem for women and girls around the globe it promotes a post ndash feminist consumerist agenda that actually reinforces what Naomi Wolf titled the beauty myth Linguistic and visual analyses of Dove s print and viral marketing tactics within the contexts of advertising feminism and consumer culture reveal that instead of redefining beauty the Dove campaign is in actuality reinforcing decades ndash old ideology about women s appearance and status in society Caitlin McCleary 2014 McCleary Caitlin M A Not ndash So ndash Beautiful Campaign A Feminist Analysis of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty 2014 University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects http trace tennessee edu utk chanhonoproj 1691 Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:49:21 +1000 Ways of Thinking and Organisational Causality There are several types or ways of thinking Each of these ways of thinking comes with its own set of assumptions or paradigms that while making the thinking process work efficiently also constrains the process to a particular view of causality organization and management s and members roles in an organization These types of thinking have their roots in natural sciences social sciences and philosophies They can become so pervasive and dominant in management discourse that they become invisible being applied without consideration for their assumed causality Clearly identifying and classifying types of thinking raises awareness of what thinking is actually taking place and at the same time challenges management to improve their thinking based on this knowledge of thinking Kim Korn Create Advantage Inc Sun, 01 Dec 2013 21:10:40 +1000 The x talk project a sex worker-led knowledge sharing co-operative In early 2006 several activists based in London who are involved in sex worker rights activism organising within the International Union of Sex Workers in particular began to conceptualise and organise around the x talk project ndash one that would seek to explore and expand the ideas and confidence we have developed in criticising the mainstream human trafficking discourse drawing on insights we have gained from sex workers migrant and feminist struggles The racist and anti ndash feminist trafficking rhetoric of protection mainstream anti ndash trafficking campaigns that reduce women to only passive victims under the control of organised crime or of cruel men produces and justifies deportation of migrant sex workers and increases the criminalisation and exploitation of workers in the sex industry It creates divisions between migrants and sex workers forms of organisation and resistance We found language and communication to be crucial elements to directly challenge and change conditions of work and life and to come to together and to organise Communication is in our view central to change Language is a basic individual and collective power that improves both possibilities to work and possibilities of resistance Central to our vision stands the autonomy of all people moving across borders and the dignity of every gender employing their resources in the sex industry Central to our understanding of gender and social relations is an understanding of sex work as labour People who sell sex are involved in a labour process in many respects similar to other paid personal services exchanged on market At the same time we recognise that the ways in which sex work has existed are also deeply interrelated to the ways in which female services such as caring domestic sexual and reproductive activities are supposed to be provided It is important to consider that the demand for money for sex in a transparent and potentially contractual way is often a break and significant shift in the way women are expected to give these services for no remuneration We consider that a feminist analysis and practice is crucial to changing the sex industry Women represent the majority of workers in the industry and gendered sexualised and reproductive labour have historically constituted a central part in the structures that subordinate and oppress women The people that have taken the main initiative of this organisation and project are women Starting from the ground up in a grass roots way we nevertheless aim to work with the whole industry Due to the demographics of the workforce in the sex industry women play a central role in the organisation and are expected to make up a majority of participants in the classes We they represent the majority and we they enjoy the strongest voice at the moment However issues of gender and transgender difference ndash at their intersections with racial and sexual issues are taken into account in the development of activities in order to include people from across the industry and from diverse backgrounds In contrast to the current mainstream anti ndash trafficking policies and discourses we work towards the improvement of working conditions in the sex industry for rights and recognition of workers the right to change work and not to be forced to stay with the same employer and the right to stay and not to be deported Our organisation is based on a practice of sex workers self organisation and our projects are primarily built on an activity of networking with those that have already organised similar projects according to these principles Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:10:27 +1000 Modern medicine evokes a Cartesian mind-body dualism If we look at the history of medicine we can see that it became what it is today because of a sweeping social transformation that modernized Europe centuries ago Urbanization and commerce along with Protestantism and the Catholic Counter ndash Reformation encouraged new ways of conceiving and interacting with nature It was within this context that scientific medicine was invented and elaborated The particular scientific model that became predominant in Europe in the seventeenth century accepted the mind ndash body dualism of Ren eacute Descartes for whom the human body is a self ndash contained entirely material machine His contemporary Baruch Spinoza on the other hand elaborated a more relational view stemming from a Jewish tradition that regards the body as essential to a complex and ultimately spiritual being and all beings as mutually dependent Spinoza s perspective is no less compatible with scientific medicine than the Cartesian view For science has two complementary ways of explaining by taking apart ndash as atomic physics mainly does ndash and by bringing into relation ndash as Einstein s relativity theory does Spinoza was quite aware of the power of the first approach as elaborated by Descartes and advanced by technologies such as the newly invented microscope Spinoza acknowledges that the human body is composed of parts and those parts of smaller parts still But he recognizes also that bodies are encompassed by and can be adequately understood only in relation to unities larger than themselves until we reach the widest system of all which is the whole of nature Spinoza was an early exponent of what is known today as systems theory Medicine in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries could have taken a more integrative path in keeping with Spinoza s insight that we are guardians not only of our bodies taken individually but of the entire domain of nature with which they are continuous Instead ndash for reasons that this essay will explore ndash mainstream medicine adopted the Cartesian machine model Raymond Barglow Tikkun Magazine March 2002 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 20:57:35 +1000 DRS AGM amp Symposium 2013 The Value of Design Research You are warmly invited to attend the DRS 2013 AGM and Symposium at Loughborough Design School UK on Monday 17th June 2013 This year symposium s theme is Value of Design Research We are fortunate to secure three prominent design researchers to address this year symposium s theme Erik Bohemia Fri, 24 May 2013 16:31:24 +1000 Toward a Theory of Social Practices A development in culturalist theorizing This article works out the main characteristics of practice theory a type of social theory which has been sketched by such authors as Bourdieu Giddens Taylor late Foucault and others Practice theory is presented as a conceptual alternative to other forms of social and cultural theory above all to culturalist mentalism textualism and intersubjectivism The article shows how practice theory and the three other cultural ndash theoretical vocabularies differ in their localization of the social and in their conceptualization of the body mind things knowledge discourse structure process and the agent Andreas Reckwitz 2002 Andreas Reckwitz 2002 Toward a Theory of Social Practices A Development in Culturalist Theorizing European Journal of Social Theory Vol 5 No 2 pp 243 ndash 263 DOI 10 1177 13684310222225432 http est sagepub com cgi content abstract 5 2 243 Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:43:40 +1000 A theory about the power of persuasive communication Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:04:43 +1000 UK Youth Climate Coalition The UK Youth Climate Coalition works to inspire empower mobilise and unite young people to take positive action on climate change But what does that actually mean Put quite simply we are a group of young people who are working together to create a future for ourselves which is happy affordable clean and safe But we re not just another organisation who points fingers at the bad guys and moans about how rubbish the government is We believe that to tackle climate change we need something new We need an inspiring vision of how we want the world to be in the future and a movement that anyone can feel part of UK Youth Climate Coalition Mon, 05 Nov 2012 16:24:55 +1000 The mathematics of Hollywood blockbuster HOLLYWOOD S golden age may have ended in the 1950s but it is only recently that Tinseltown appears to have hit upon a mathematical way to capitalise on our fickle attention spans Film ndash makers have got better and better at constructing shots so that their lengths grab our attention says James Cutting a psychologist at Cornell University in Ithaca New York He analysed 150 Hollywood movies and found that the more recent they were the more closely their shot lengths tended to follow a mathematical pattern that also describes human attention spans In the 1990s a team at the University of Texas Austin measured the attention spans of volunteers as they performed hundreds of consecutive trials When they turned these measurements into a series of waves using a mathematical trick called a Fourier transform the waves increased in magnitude as their frequency decreased Ewen Callaway 18 February 2010 New Scientist Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:31:29 +1000