I have come to the realisation that my phone actually has control over me. It tells me where I need to be, what I’m doing and how the hell I’m going to do it. I have lost the ability to think for myself.
I look at it at least 3 times a minute, why? Hoping it’s going to reveal the secrets to where my not so thrilling life is heading.
Occasionally it pulls through with an invite I’m genuinely interested in, that is if I can be bothered to get my arse first out of bed, then into the shower before I’ve even considered getting on the overground. Not in South London, probably not happening.
Then there’s the unanswered questions in life, never solved through using my real brain. Who needs that when you’ve got Google the mastermind that never gets anything wrong. Sorry thoughts, opinion and individuality I’ve sold you out for the all searching, all answering Google.
WHY HAVENT YOU REPLIED YET? Yes, you person living your life whilst I sit here staring at the screen because I’m too lazy to leave the house. How dare people live their lives at the same time as have a conversation with me.
The urge to look at the device that runs our social lives, wakes us up in the morning and keeps us entertained at any given moment we don’t want to deal with the task in hand is sometimes unbearable.
As hands turn into claws gripped to an iPhone 5 or a wider claw for the Samsung users amongst us we slowly lose our minds in exchange for an artificial one hosted by Google.
WHY CAN’T I NOT LOOK AT IT? A minute feels like a lifetime, not looking at a phone. It’s embarrassing yet we’re all suckers for it. The shame of confessing you’ve given in to your mobile, but with every little blip comes a tiny smile, a moment where you know someone, somewhere might want to communicate with you.
Ah yes thank you Papa Johns for sending me yet another 2-4-1 pizza deal.
A truly inspirational story of a mans life saving the world many of us live to destroy.
Digital Revolution - Barbican Centre
So last week I headed down to the Barbican for the digital revolution exhibition, and it was ruddy good fun. With three zones of experimentation gaming and interactivity no one can get bored. It’s probably the best arcade game location I’ve ever been in. As you progress through decades you see and play your way through technology developing. With nostalgic hits of Pac Man and Super Mario Bros it’s easy to miss some of the other very worthy games to be played with, but it’s worth taking your time to give everything a go.
For me, Lara Croft - Playstation 1 had to be held onto for a little bit longer than fair to the other visitors, and of course the king of PC games The Sims.
After a trip down nostalgia heaven there was some more recent stuff that still felt mind blowingly ahead of our time with insights into the production of films Inception and Gravity.
Before entering the dark room of projection mapping and WILL.I.AM’s face. SO COOL.
We then got to move on into the futuristic happening right here right now tech. And I got to fly with wings which as the poster image for the exhibition has to be confessed was super effin awesome.
After abandoning the darkness there was a rather bizarre game of press your head against the sensors and use your eyes to kill stuff. SO FUTURISTIC.
With a room full of games to play and a basement full of lasers zones two and three deserve the credit and a visit. Who doesn’t love playing with lasers?
The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy has over 1000 pieces of art to be seen, enjoyed or hated. These are a few of my favourites based purely on my personal taste.
The artists / pieces:
Mona Hatoum - Grater Divide
David Mach - Snow Leopard
Ron Arad - Two Nuns
Guler Ates - The Shoreless Flower
Massimo Bartolii - Chair (with a little earring on it to poke you in the bum)
Sait Mingu - Bounce
Bob and Roberta Smith - All Schools should be Art Schools
Lovely little film with a really interesting idea behind it.
These are in a series of more including nana vs dirt and nana vs water.
They’re pretty damn good.
Henri Cartier Bresson - Centre Pompidou, Paris.
An exhibition that takes you through the life of a truly remarkable man. I couldn’t help but think about how incredible it must’ve have been to experience the places he’s been to. The multitude of environments from war zones to political unrest, intense romance, post war, beautiful cities. He really got to see the world, and he captured it beautifully.
Can’t wait to see this at the cinema.
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Empowerment for consumers. Happy Days.