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Palpable 2014-2018

Although there is much that can be said in favour of social media, this project strives for social connection which is authentic, physical, active and sensory.

We live in a world that facilitates increasing disconnection from land and each other. Yet as humans we have an inherent need to connect and belong.

In a Guardian newspaper article entitled “Why the modern world is bad for your brain”, neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how, in an era of multitasking with Facebook, email, text messages, and Twitter, our addiction to technology is making us less efficient. It is a neural addiction that leads to decision overload and increases stress levels. It is very hard on our neural resources. He says, “All this activity gives us a sense that we’re getting things done – and in some cases we are. But we are sacrificing efficiency and deep concentration when we interrupt our priority activities” (1)

My priority activity in this project is to embody these messages in my own process and make that activity a means of connection – the physical, fun, relaxing, energy-creating, life-affirming, human kind.

(1) Daniel J. Levitin. Extracted from The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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