I was introduced to Masaru Emoto’s work a few weeks ago by an amazing German couple in São Paulo. Over the past 20 years he has studied the crystalline structure of frozen water before and after it has received either “positive” or “negative” vibrations in the form of spoken words, meditation, music, images or written words. He might meditate on a drop of water sending it positive energy, or write out a word like “love” or “happiness” and tape it to a bottle of water. He then freezes the water and analyzes its crystalline structure using microscopic photography. Water that has received positive energy generally crystallizes in a geometric or “beautiful” structure, while water that has received negative energy lacks form and is “ugly” (we think the “negative” ones look cooler).
Mother Teresa's got some explaining to do...
While Emoto’s work does raise some doubts (supposedly he sells his blessed water at $35 for 8oz–good incentive to switch the label from an “I want to kill you” bottle to an “I love you” one if the results don’t match), we still believe that thoughts are extremely powerful.
Last night I was in bed thinking about this work and reminding myself to go on Amazon to buy his book, and this morning when I woke up and checked one of my 3 horoscopes for the day (so I’m an astrology slut–whatever), his name was on the splash page.
Today, Masaru Emoto is calling on the world to send thoughts of love and gratitude to the water being used to cool Fukushima, Japan’s nuclear reactors in the hopes that our collective energy will bring about a positive impact. Take 30 seconds out of your day.
“To the water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer. Please forgive us. We thank you and we love you.” ❤ THE COVEN
Blame it on our fascination with the grotesque; blame it on the hypnotic editing and asynchronous movement; blame it on whatever you’d like-we can’t stop watching this. However, our friends over at Quit Mumbling can be blamed for showing us the video.
We’ve begun our official investigation of the Finnish director, Miika Lommi. We like what we see. Stay tuned for more.
Shout out to Marz Lovejoy, upcoming hip hop artist who is wearing one of our custom capes! Ms. Lovejoy just dropped an album called, This Little Light Of Mine in November of last year and is on her way to beautiful success!
Check her out:
Spoek Mathambo, is a self-proclaimed Afrofuturist from Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been blessed with recent internet press due to his unique fusion of electro and traditional African music and vivid music videos. He was in Los Angeles last weekend and performed with Rainbow Arabia. This video was shot by Pieter Hugo, a photographer from Cape Town who received art-world notoriety for his 2008 exhibition on Nollywood (Nigerian Cinema), which is now the 2nd largest film industry in the world, (first being Bollywood).
Photographer James Cubitt decided to create “a fantasy anthropological study of African skinhead fashion from the early seventies.”…sounds ridiculous, looks outstanding.
Entitled: Lagos Calling
Cloaks, Egyptian Gods, Amadou and Miriam, the Moon…†_†
As reported on Pictureplane’s always cool, aptly-named blog Plain Pictures, Washington band True Womanhood have covered his 2009 song “Dark Rift” and it is pretty great. The original song and the re-work below:
While flipping through the pages of “Webster’s Visual Dictionary of Curiosities”, the illustrated entry for ABRACADABRA caught my eye.
The letters are arranged in quite an aesthetically arresting, and well, magical fashion. Taking the shape of an inverted triangle, the design begins with the full word, dropping a letter from each line.
And of course, there’s a magical history behind the typography.
The first record of the word dates back to the 2nd century, used by the physician to the Roman emperor, Caracalla. The physician prescribed this exact design as an amulet to ward off evil spirits and disease. As the letters disappeared, so did the disease. Because of the magical arrangement, the word was meant to be worn, not spoken. It’s believed that this talisman originated from a Kabbalistic Charm, using the initials of the Hebraic words Ab, Ben and Ruach a Cadesch (‘Father, Son and Holy Ghost’).
This charm was used throughout the middle ages, so if you’re lucky enough, you might come across an original pendant. But until that day, we might have to invest in a set of chasing tools to make you one of your own…
If you already thought 3-D printers were incredible…prepare yourself. Surgeon Anthony Atala talks here about using living cells to print a transplantable, human kidney.
…would human leather still be disgusting if nobody has to die to make it…?
We first got into Mexico City’s †‡† (Ritualz) when we heard a track from his 2010 Disaro release that sampled our friends HEALTH’s USA Boys and took it to dark new highs (lows?):
He has a new, digital release only EP out now and…you need it. It’s more melodic than his first release but just as dark, and some of the vocals remind us of that whole late 90s/early 00s rap-rock era in a way that’s appealing rather than disgusting. And then there’s that cover and release title–how could you resist? Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to get naked except for some COVEN gear and get down.
Take a listen to the title track and download it here on Bandcamp for $8.