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Protect your second brain with one of my brand new iPad sleeves. These are just a few of the many new designs I’ve been working on for electronic gear, home decor and more in my Thinx Shop on Zazzle. 

The Pink and Blue Project by JeongMee Yoon

Yoon on her project:

My current work, The Pink and Blue Projects are the topic of my thesis. This project explores the trends in cultural preferences and the differences in the tastes of children (and their parents) from diverse cultures, ethnic groups as well as gender socialization and identity. The work also raises other issues, such as the relationship between gender and consumerism, urbanization, the globalization of consumerism and the new capitalism…

Many toys and books for girls are pink, purple, or red, and are related to make up, dress up, cooking, and domestic affairs. However, most toys and books for boys are made from the different shades of blue and are related to robots, industry, science, dinosaurs, etc. This is a phenomenon as intense as the Barbie craze. Manufacturers produce anthropomorphic ponies that have the characteristics of young girls. They have barrettes, combs and accessories, and the girls adorn and make up the ponies. These kinds of divided guidelines for the two genders deeply affect children’s gender group identification and social learning.

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These are my new REM Sleep Wave pillows now available in my new Zazzle store. Check it out for more Thinx-inspired designs.

Always/Never by United Visual Artists is an examination of our perception of time.

About the project:

Always/Never is a grid of pyramidal elements inspired by the sundial, each passing through time at a different rate. Changing patterns of light and shadow create the illusion of a fluid surface; shifting combinations of colours from nature recall different times of day.

 You can see it in motion in this video:

Show your Valentine how happy she makes you with these dopamine and serotonin necklaces by Anatomology. You can find them in my Thinx Gifts shop.

Sleep Art is a planned project that will involve a few selected individuals who will have their sleep monitored in one of five Ibis Hotels. The bed’s sensors will measure sound, heat and pressure from the sleeper to produce works of art by a robot.

Half-Drag by Leland Bobbé is an interesting look at the fluidity and performance of gender.

Plates from the X-ray Atlas of the Skull. 1918

Unfortunately, this Yahoo News slideshow is as close as I’m going to get to the Brains exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, England. 

About the exhibit:

The exhibit makes up part of the Wellcome Collection’s major new exhibition, ‘Brains’ which includes slices of Einstein’s brain, 3000 year old trepanned skulls, ancient Egyptian mummified brains and brains in jars, and opens to the public from March 29 June 17, 2012. 

Emoter is a kinetic sculpture by Tim Hawkinson. Still images don’t really do it justice, so here’s a video of it in motion along with Hawkinson describing his piece:

With Thanksgiving approaching and families visiting, it’s a good time to pick up some of Lisa Townley’s fantastic up-cycled tableware from her Etsy store. If you think your family is crazy, find out exactly how crazy with some Rorschach test plates. If not, her poultry diagrams might be more useful for the big dinner.

Dictionary Words is a project by code artist Scott Murray.

Murray describes his project:

Simple, yet hypnotic: the system randomly selects two words from an extensive English dictionary and displays them on-screen. The words fade out, and are replaced by two new ones, ad infinitum.

The word pairings are unexpected, and range from poignant to absurd — or, more accurately, we perceive them as such. I was surprised to see this piece elicit a range of reactions, including discomfort, joy, sadness, and laughter: complex emotional responses to random data!

The piece triggered my interest in narrative and human perception. How do our brains make meaning when none objectively exists? (More problematic: How susceptible are we to misinterpreting meaning that is being communicated?)

It’s not often that the American Medical Association and art galleries tackle the same topic, but that’s exactly what’s happening now with the current exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography called "Beauty CULTure"

About the exhibit:

The exhibition illustrates the power of the still image in shaping cultural ideals and expectations of feminine beauty – and photography’s undeniable influence on conceptions of the Self.

The exhibit features 170 photographs in the print gallery, hundreds of digital images in vivid detail on high-resolution screens in the Digital Gallery, a short documentary film featuring interviews with well-known photographers, models, historians and beauty experts “who guide visitors on a fascinating photographic exploration of the culture – and cult – of beauty”. The exhibit runs through November 27.