Allergic to
modern life

For our Dazed&Confused column we investigated the sci-fi extremes of electromagnetic sensitivity:

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An EHS statement piece

We, Pinar & Viola, just like the rest of our generation, consume and produce on the internet. Our laptops are the extension of our hands. We can work anywhere as long as we have our laptops and a fast connection (you can keep track of us on Instagram here).

But it seems the times we used the internet as a means of escape are over. Instead, more often than not, we’re trying to escape the internet. As an artist duo, we are kind of internet-tired: no more browser buttons in our work. This probably has to do with the mainstreaming, and subsequent overkill, of post-internet aesthetics. We feel like closing our digital windows; we’re longing to touch the real-life earth with our bare feet, leaving our phones in airplane mode. But what if that’s not enough to discharge ourselves?

EHS symptoms range from acute headaches, skin burning, muscle twitches, chronic fatigue and other 21st century malaises

Imagine a day when you develop an allergy towards the internet, your iPhone, or even worse, your brand new Galaxy S4. Imagine that data-roaming and scrolling through Instagram makes your skin itch, while tweeting leaves a metallic taste in your mouth. With red, irritated eyes, you find yourself changing your FB status: “Electromagnetic hypersensitive.”

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Electromagnetic hypersensitivity sounds like a futuristic nightmare but, for a group of people, it is a RL status. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) might be a new malady or maybe an up-to-date, hypochondriac conspiracy theory. What many of us don’t realise, though, is that the radiation we’ve been exposed to over the last ten years has been hundreds, even thousands, of times higher than in our pre-wireless age.
Scientists agree that electromagnetic fields are dangerous at high levels, but it’s kind of agreed that the low levels emitted from our devices are safe. However, institutions like the National Cancer Institute now acknowledge that more research regarding our recent “electromagnetic bathing” is needed.
Electromagnetic fields, like o.a. GSM and wi-fi, cause electromagnetic hyper-sensitives a wild range of symptoms. According to sufferers, EHS symptoms range from acute headaches, skin burning, muscle twitches, chronic fatigue and other 21st century malaises. It’s a fascinating, electro-phobic cocktail of anxiety and science-fiction spookiness.

As “normal people”, we don’t realize that our society is actually an electro-dictatorship where it is impossible to escape from man-made radiation

To date, EHS has gained little acceptance from the medical and scientific community. As there is no specific medical test for it, all EHS sufferers are self-diagnosed. Nevertheless, the number of people around the world claiming to have EHS is growing. Similarly, research into this controversial condition is increasing and EHS charities are fighting to get the surreal malaise officially recognized. Sweden is the only country where EHS is recognized as a valid medical condition, while the rest of the scientific world laughs or waits for more evidence.

But just because there’s no evidence (yet) doesn’t guarantee that something doesn’t exist. Plus, these kinds of weird, sociological phenomena can be very intriguing. Plumbing through blogs, we dug into this modern folklore-meets-conspiracy theory. What we discovered was electrifying!

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Radiation-proofing a bedroom

The survival methods of electromagnetic hypersensitives are bizarrely thrilling. As “normal people”, we don’t realize that our society is actually an electro-dictatorship where it is impossible to escape from man-made radiation. Electromagnetic emissions, known to EHS suffers as electrosmog, are beaming at us from every corner: radiation, 24/7.

EHS sufferers are only safe in a reclusive rural life, in tech-free fortresses where it is impossible for electrosmog to creep in. It’s sad, but the most extreme EHS sufferers claim to have no choice but to live in a Farady Cage.
For desperate electromagnetic hypersensitives, their condition demands creative solutions. Some EHS solutions resembles a neo form of Art Brut. They look like visionary creations, reflections of our own excessive lives and paranoia. Cool, pure silver relieves wifi-burn the best. Their inventions are harsh and drastic, with an obscure poetry.

The shielded lives of EHS victims are extreme extrapolations of the influence that technology exerts on our lives

Lightning-proof fashion
Many EH sensitives dress with an uncalculated, atypical sophistication, their aim to bounce the radiation right off. EHS fashion is dramatic and evocative; forceful looks of oversized spy-wear couture. In their outfits, the mystical and the militant blend seamlessly, their layers of futuristic monochrome silver tones powerful enough to knock out submarine radar. Outfits are finished with EHS accessories like silver plated beanies, foil-lined brain coats and grounding gloves. SS13’s metallic trend fades next to the utility statement pieces of the electromagnetic hypersensitive.
All electromagnetic (EM) protective fashion, with a shielding effectiveness of 99.99%, is made out of high-tech textile with fine weavings of silver wire. Crafty EHS sufferers weave metres of EM-shielding fabric into wifi-proof curtains and bed-cages. On several websites you can find many more EHS products: computer and cellphone shields, shielding paints, foil-lined wallpaper, earthling products, radiation detectors, educational kits… The list goes on.

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The shielded lives of EHS victims are extreme extrapolations of the influence that technology exerts on our lives. In their wifi-free minds, they merge the philosophical with the factual (some, for instance, believe that PCs literally fry your brain). It’s obvious that electromagnetic hypersensitives are eccentric, but their bizarre theories reflect on our common future: their self-diagnosis is an amplified version of the stress we face with our ‘always on’ lifestyles.

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Silver mesh with a shielding effectiveness of 99.99%

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A radiation-free telephone

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An example of electromagnetic-proof fashion

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A tech-free fortress home

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Chakra stones for mobile phones

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Cool comfort from electro-magnetic rays

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Protection from modern life

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Electrosmog free beds

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Fashion forward and electrosmog free

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Grounding iGloves

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A handsome radiation blocking shirt

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Radiation-proof silver is the new black

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Radiation shielding rooftop

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Silver wifi shield

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Stylish electromagnetic hypersensitive Sarah Dacre

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The chic and radiation proof Sarah Dacre

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Your personal radiation protector

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on November 25, 2013 at 10:37 am, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Folk, Lifestyle, P&V for Dazed Digital, Research, Subculture, Trending, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Reborn babies

A reborn doll is a manufactured vinyl doll that has been transformed to resemble a human baby with as much realism as possible. Today there are a lot of understandable reasons why people choose not to have a (real) baby: poverty, crisis, unemployment, time etc. It is more efficient to have a baby-for-life whenever you want it. Even better, you can choose its exact looks, which makes the adoption of an ultra-realistic manufactured vinyl doll completely legit.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Subculture, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Sportive & Unisexy

Humor is the best excuse for men to travesty themselves without any taboo nor shame. This new trend shows how easy it can be to dress original. It only takes two steps to turn your sport clothes into a dress. This is some comical, gender-free, fashion inspiration for everyone:

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 20, 2013 at 10:12 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Fashion, Folk, Gender, Selfies, Styling, Trending, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

The perfect gift for yourself

Make-up artist and art school graduate Vladimir Sushkevich makes dolls 2011. These miniature women replica dolls are used as home decoration. Each one is hand-made and hand-painted, making each production unique. The artist works with pictures of real people to sculpt the figure’s shapes. Everyone can order there own custom-made doll from his website by sending a photo or choosing between different creations.

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More information on artist’s website.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Uncategorized, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Buzzing Rare Editions

Everyone knows about the contemporary bee drama. The media is speculating frenzy about collapsing bee colonies and their increasing extermination. Apparently it concerns all of us since bees are responsible for pollinating a third of our food.

Societal concerns about bees seem to lead to the rise of the bee as a cultural trend. The little buzzers is popping up everywhere from new beauty products, home decoration trends, aerodynamic beehive designs, fashion styles, hippie ice-cream flavors to the rage of hot urban beekeepers.

Our addition to the bee buzz is this tip to turn a Bee Beard in an exclusive, fashionable eccentric look. When bees are scarce, they can dethrone the most luxurious accessories. Scroll down to Get The Look. Stir up the flora in your town while looking stunning!

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Step 1) Prepare the bees. We find a small, friendly colony and move it during a high flight time to a different apiary site. The foragers cannot find their way to the colony and the colony is left with primarily younger bees. After about 24 hours, we locate the queen and put her in a cage. Next, we shake about 3 lbs of bees from the colony into a package, focusing on the bees from combs with brood.  Then we add the queen, feed the bees with a can of sugar syrup, and put them in a cool, dark location for at least 24 hours. We spray the bees periodically with sugar syrup. Well fed bees are less likely to sting, so we keep them fat and happy.
Step 2) Prepare the person. I put vaseline under my eyes and on lips to prevent the bees from crawling there too much. I put cotton in my ears and up my nose to prevent bees from crawling in. I sometimes tape down my collar and sleeves, and tuck my shirt into my pants and tuck my pants into my socks. It isn’t a good look, but it prevents the bees from getting into my clothing.
Step 3) Add bees. We spray the bees with sugar syrup one last time, then open the package and remove the queen and attach a string to her cage. I sit down in a chair, then an assistant ties the queen around my head, so the queen rests under my chin. I hold a lunch tray against my belly and my assistant dumps the bees onto the tray. The bees will smell the queen, crawl up to her and gather there. The bee feet feel strange and electric as they grip the skin on my face and neck. The cling to each other and hang down like a beard. The bees will “think” they are in a swarm, so they should not be defensive.
Step 4) Remove bees. When I am are ready to get them off, I first remove the queen and place her where I want her to be: either back in the package, or on the next person in line. To remove the majority of the bees, I stand over where I want to bees to go and jump down hard, jarring the bees off. The rest are removed with a soft brush. I let the package sit for a few hours, and after the bees have fully gathered I put the bees and queen back into their old colony.

The original tutorial is taken from beeinformed.org.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:15 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Creatures, Fashion, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Styling, Sustainability, Trending. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Gothic belly dance

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These images are taken from the gothic_belly_dance instagram account.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Fashion, Folk, Other ecstatics, Queer, Styling, Subculture, Uncategorized, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Fake scene boosting hope

A struggling town bought itself new hope by painting fake scenes on its walls

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Man walks his dog past a hoarding around a building site, which has been covered with artwork to make it look more appealing, in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast

Boy rides his bicycle past an empty house, which has been covered with artwork to make it look more appealing, in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast

Man walks past an empty shop, which has been covered with artwork to make it look more appealing, in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast

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A detail of an artwork is seen in the window of a empty shop in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast

People stand next to an empty building which has been covered with artwork to make it look more appealing, in the village of Bushmills on the Causeway Coast

A bakery, a bookmaker and a barber have recently appeared in a village in Northern Ireland. But you cannot enter any of them. In a bid to bring in tourists, the town of Bushmills, famous for the whiskey that was first distilled there 400 years ago, has painted over a dozen abandoned storefronts and houses.

There are windows and doors with people looking out, a bakery with an appetizing selection of bread and cakes, and a traditional cobbler, where a man in a flat cap can be seen mending shoes.

It’s not the first time Northern Ireland has tried this. A similar attempt to doll up villages in county Fermanagh so that visiting G8 leaders wouldn’t see how woeful the region looked drew anger and derision; “cosmetic surgery for serious wounds,” one local resident said. But in Bushmills, local residents raised their own funds to add to government money, and the project’s been a success, a local councillor told Reuters; two of the painted stores have already found new owners.

The original article is taken from qz.com. All photos by Cathal McNaught for Reuters.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 2, 2013 at 7:09 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Folk, Other ecstatics, Styling, Things 'n Flings, Various, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Donald ♥ Nancy Couple Fashion

Donald and Nancy Featherstone from Fitchburg, Massachusetts has been dressing in matching outfits everyday for 33 years! Donald made his fortune by inventing the infamous plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament. They met at a convention in 1975, got married, and have been wearing matching outfits since 1980. Nancy would pick out prints that reminds her of her husband’s pink flamingo and make shirts for Donald and cut from the same cloth to make a dress for herself.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on June 27, 2013 at 8:00 am, filed under Fashion, Folk, Lifestyle, Persona, Photography, Styling. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Most Delightfully Narcissistic Man on Facebook

Meet the most Narcissistic man on facebook, Ahmed Angel. His facebook profile is filled with hundreds of pictures of just himself, all of which has been taken professionally, decorated with funny photo frames, crazy photo effects or realistic photomontages. Let’s enjoy the fun-filled well curated photo gallery of Ahmed Angel!

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This blogpost is made possible thanks to Mimi Cracr. Original article from Kotaku.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on June 26, 2013 at 9:32 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Digitalization, Fashion, Folk, Ghetto gold, Internet, Other ecstatics, Persona, Selfies, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

it’s art baby!

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Folk, Research, Things 'n Flings. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Deep fried gadgets

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Image courtesy of Tumblr, Henry Hargreaves

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on April 1, 2013 at 8:45 am, filed under Dematerialization, Digitalization, Folk, Lifestyle, Things 'n Flings. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

There is someone for everyone

A look at 11 (real!) niche dating sites from around the Internet.
This compilation is made by Allison McCann for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Cougar Life 4,000,000 users
the average age of a cougar is 39, while the average cub is 29.

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Sudar Daddie 3,000,000 usera
The average Sugar Daddie relationship appears to last four months, as indicated by the gap between users logging off and signing back on.

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Beautiful People 750,000 users
6.5 million peole apply for membership each year, only one in eight is accepted.

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Farmers Only 250,000 users
The fastest growing number of users by crop crown: wheat. The top state by number of female members who can drive a tractor: Missouri.

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Geek2Geek 200,000 users
Top male user interests include video games and computers; females prefer film and fantasy. The site’s most active from 2 a.m. to 3.a.m.

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Tattoed Singles 1000,000 users
The average number of tattoos per user: 7. The oldest member is 82.

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Cupidtino 30,000 users
The first dating site for Apple fans: Users can log on only via Apple products

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Purrsonals 15,000 users
The average number of cats per user: two. Users are 70 percent woman and 30per cent man.

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Crew Dating 5,000 users
Where pilots and flight attendants go to find love. most dates occur on land.

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Waiting Till Marriage 4,000 users
Born-again virgins account for 5 percent to 10 percent of members. The other 90 percent are actually waiting till marriage.

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Scientific Singles 3,5000 users
Ninety percent of users are employed as scientists; the other 10 percent are merely hobbyists.
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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on March 6, 2013 at 11:49 am, filed under Digitalization, Efficiency, Folk, Gender, Internet, Research, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

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