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In response to Seeing how it feels: What an incredible project… There is something about faces and the subtlest elements therein that resonate in profound ways. That’s why we can read faces in the simplest abstractions…
This image is from Adam Hahn’s beautiful portrait series of people with Macular Degeneration and how they see themselves. I find the thought that facial expressions could transcend culture and socialization is fascinating. Or from what little I’ve read of Paul Ekman’s research into faces. This is an excerpt from a Malcolm Gladwell article ’Can you read people’s thoughts just by looking at them?’ in the New Yorker:
In the nineteen-sixties, a young San Francisco psychologist named Paul Ekman began to study facial expression, and he discovered that no one knew the answers to those questions. Ekman went to see Margaret Mead, climbing the stairs to her tower office at the American Museum of Natural History. He had an idea. What if he travelled around the world to find out whether people from different cultures agreed on the meaning of different facial expressions? Mead, he recalls, “looked at me as if I were crazy.” Like most social scientists of her day, she believed that expression was culturally determined— that we simply used our faces according to a set of learned social conventions. Charles Darwin had discussed the face in his later writings; in his 1872 book, “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals,” he argued that all mammals show emotion reliably in their faces. But in the nineteen-sixties academic psychologists were more interested in motivation and cognition than in emotion or its expression. Ekman was undaunted; he began travelling to places like Japan, Brazil, and Argentina, carrying photographs of men and women making a variety of distinctive faces. Everywhere he went, people agreed on what those expressions meant. But what if people in the developed world had all picked up the same cultural rules from watching the same movies and television shows? So Ekman set out again, this time making his way through the jungles of Papua New Guinea, to the most remote villages, and he found that the tribesmen there had no problem interpreting the expressions, either. This may not sound like much of a breakthrough. But in the scientific climate of the time it was a revelation. Ekman had established that expressions were the universal products of evolution. There were fundamental lessons to be learned from the face, if you knew where to look.

In response to Seeing how it feels: What an incredible project… There is something about faces and the subtlest elements therein that resonate in profound ways. That’s why we can read faces in the simplest abstractions…


This image is from Adam Hahn’s beautiful portrait series of people with Macular Degeneration and how they see themselves. 

I find the thought that facial expressions could transcend culture and socialization is fascinating. Or from what little I’ve read of Paul Ekman’s research into faces. This is an excerpt from a Malcolm Gladwell article ’Can you read people’s thoughts just by looking at them?’ in the New Yorker:

In the nineteen-sixties, a young San Francisco psychologist named Paul Ekman began to study facial expression, and he discovered that no one knew the answers to those questions. Ekman went to see Margaret Mead, climbing the stairs to her tower office at the American Museum of Natural History. He had an idea. What if he travelled around the world to find out whether people from different cultures agreed on the meaning of different facial expressions? Mead, he recalls, “looked at me as if I were crazy.” Like most social scientists of her day, she believed that expression was culturally determined— that we simply used our faces according to a set of learned social conventions. Charles Darwin had discussed the face in his later writings; in his 1872 book, “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals,” he argued that all mammals show emotion reliably in their faces. But in the nineteen-sixties academic psychologists were more interested in motivation and cognition than in emotion or its expression. Ekman was undaunted; he began travelling to places like Japan, Brazil, and Argentina, carrying photographs of men and women making a variety of distinctive faces. Everywhere he went, people agreed on what those expressions meant. But what if people in the developed world had all picked up the same cultural rules from watching the same movies and television shows? So Ekman set out again, this time making his way through the jungles of Papua New Guinea, to the most remote villages, and he found that the tribesmen there had no problem interpreting the expressions, either. This may not sound like much of a breakthrough. But in the scientific climate of the time it was a revelation. Ekman had established that expressions were the universal products of evolution. There were fundamental lessons to be learned from the face, if you knew where to look.
— 3 years ago
#adam hahn  #malcolm gladwell  #sophiaaugusta 
Just a wee picture from outside Freud’s house in London. Nadja and I had a lovely rainy day visit poring over all of his many many antiquities and books. A very sophisticated hoarder of sorts. So many little figures and statuettes. They took up so much space on his desk that there was hardly any space left for his papers. It did remind me somewhat of being small and tucking all of my toys into the bed and then having no room left for myself and bedding down on the floor. I didn’t even really love or fear most of my toys, so I still don’t completely understand why I did this. Maybe just to create order. He used to greet some of them or touch different ones depending on the topics… maybe it was just how he remembered things. Instead of a mnemonic device, a tangible object representation… or a physical synesthesia linked not to his other senses but to his readings.

Just a wee picture from outside Freud’s house in London. Nadja and I had a lovely rainy day visit poring over all of his many many antiquities and books. A very sophisticated hoarder of sorts. So many little figures and statuettes. They took up so much space on his desk that there was hardly any space left for his papers. It did remind me somewhat of being small and tucking all of my toys into the bed and then having no room left for myself and bedding down on the floor. I didn’t even really love or fear most of my toys, so I still don’t completely understand why I did this. Maybe just to create order. He used to greet some of them or touch different ones depending on the topics… maybe it was just how he remembered things. Instead of a mnemonic device, a tangible object representation… or a physical synesthesia linked not to his other senses but to his readings.

— 3 years ago with 1 note
#freud  #daytrips  #research  #sophiaaugusta 
Check out my foodie drawings in the latest issue of the Spectator’s lovely food magazine Scoff… It’s well-written and delicious. 

Check out my foodie drawings in the latest issue of the Spectator’s lovely food magazine Scoff… It’s well-written and delicious. 

— 3 years ago
#food  #Illustration  #editorial  #sophiaaugusta  #the spectator 
Dogs: I’m a total sucker for OK GO videos. This new one is grand.

Dogs: I’m a total sucker for OK GO videos. This new one is grand.

— 4 years ago with 4 notes
#dogs  #ok go  #sophiaaugusta 
Sum: This is just a wee drawing for an exhibition in Buenos Aires that the lovely Maartje Shalkx invited me to contribute to as a guest of her ladies gang.

Sum: This is just a wee drawing for an exhibition in Buenos Aires that the lovely Maartje Shalkx invited me to contribute to as a guest of her ladies gang.

— 4 years ago
#drawing  #exhibition  #maartje shalkx  #sophiaaugusta 
This is just a wee peak at a flyer for Hartwig’s new musical endeavour. It’s not set yet, but I just wanted to share it. This mere two-part pile pales in comparison to the stacks and stacks of amps and things of the soundsystems scattered around carnival. It is just a wee homage.

This is just a wee peak at a flyer for Hartwig’s new musical endeavour. It’s not set yet, but I just wanted to share it. This mere two-part pile pales in comparison to the stacks and stacks of amps and things of the soundsystems scattered around carnival. It is just a wee homage.

— 4 years ago
#sophiaaugusta  #Illustration 
Lovely Ben is screenprinting up a poster series of the boxers… This is just a sneak peak of the first colour but I’m very excited at how well the pencil and paint transfer to a screenprint… and then there will be overprints and rich colours and all that jazz.

Lovely Ben is screenprinting up a poster series of the boxers… This is just a sneak peak of the first colour but I’m very excited at how well the pencil and paint transfer to a screenprint… and then there will be overprints and rich colours and all that jazz.

— 4 years ago
#ben ashton  #screenprint  #Illustration  #sophiaaugusta 
We went to Beachy Head yesterday. It was a delight. You can pick the mountains apart - bit by bit. And you can draw with everything on anything. Sea and sailboats and lots of pensioners and German exchange students to have cream tea with! Heaven.

We went to Beachy Head yesterday. It was a delight. You can pick the mountains apart - bit by bit. And you can draw with everything on anything. Sea and sailboats and lots of pensioners and German exchange students to have cream tea with! Heaven.

— 4 years ago
#daytrips  #sophiaaugusta 
This is just a little unused sneak peak from a project I just finished for a lovely new fashion start-up in new york. I have to admit I was quite chuffed with the lovely legs and arms on this mock-up that come from an old paper sculpture I made. Doesn’t she look chic? Even with her hint of a creepy ceramic face.

This is just a little unused sneak peak from a project I just finished for a lovely new fashion start-up in new york. I have to admit I was quite chuffed with the lovely legs and arms on this mock-up that come from an old paper sculpture I made. Doesn’t she look chic? Even with her hint of a creepy ceramic face.

— 4 years ago
#Illustration  #sophiaaugusta  #fashion 
I’ve just gotten back from a lovely break in Sweden now with lots to get on with and a mild cold. Sounds about right. This lovely piece from illegal art nicely sums up and makes me excited to get on with things… I’m starting with posting here after a shamefully long absence.

I’ve just gotten back from a lovely break in Sweden now with lots to get on with and a mild cold. Sounds about right. This lovely piece from illegal art nicely sums up and makes me excited to get on with things… I’m starting with posting here after a shamefully long absence.

— 4 years ago
#illegal art  #sophiaaugusta 
I made a wee birthday animation for my sister’s 30th today. I just thought I would introduce you to the cast and crew here since I can’t seem to stop playing with them. Maybe I didn’t have enough interesting paper dolls as a kid. At least I finally found an outlet rather than it festering into some strange dark secret.

I made a wee birthday animation for my sister’s 30th today. I just thought I would introduce you to the cast and crew here since I can’t seem to stop playing with them. Maybe I didn’t have enough interesting paper dolls as a kid. At least I finally found an outlet rather than it festering into some strange dark secret.

— 4 years ago
#animation  #sophiaaugusta 
I meant to post this a while back… it’s a sneaky picture from the SKIN show at the Wellcome Collection right now. It’s two ladies in the 20’s using rubber masks to preserve their beauty in a really terrifying and oddly serene way. But the skin show is completely inspiring and at times revolting. I consider myself to have quite strong nerves (as long as I’m allowed to be uncontrollably tearing) and was impressed by the exhibits managing to be simultaneously fascinating and uncomfortable. Watching a doctor’s training video from the 60’s showing them shaving the skin off of a leg for a graft actually damn near made me lose it. Anyway, go see it if you can…. or check out what’s available online… I mentioned this to you Nadja, I think it’s right up your alley… and potential collaboration fuel.

I meant to post this a while back… it’s a sneaky picture from the SKIN show at the Wellcome Collection right now. It’s two ladies in the 20’s using rubber masks to preserve their beauty in a really terrifying and oddly serene way. But the skin show is completely inspiring and at times revolting. I consider myself to have quite strong nerves (as long as I’m allowed to be uncontrollably tearing) and was impressed by the exhibits managing to be simultaneously fascinating and uncomfortable. Watching a doctor’s training video from the 60’s showing them shaving the skin off of a leg for a graft actually damn near made me lose it. Anyway, go see it if you can…. or check out what’s available online… I mentioned this to you Nadja, I think it’s right up your alley… and potential collaboration fuel.

— 4 years ago
#wellcome collection  #exhibitions  #science  #sophiaaugusta