Chimera, William Farges
(Source : behance.net)
"They didn't know it was impossible, so they did it"
Vous l’aviez peut-être déjà repérée chez griffes il y a un mois ; moi je ne l’ai pas oubliée, je suis retournée voir ce qu’elle fait et c’est superbe.
Anna Valdez compose une oeuvre très personnelle, à base de plantes grasses, tissus et tapis chamarrés, imprimés ethniques comme on dit. Le cadre de ses toiles est saturé. Horror vacui. Je la comprends.
In Oberstdorf, an old village in Southern Bavaria, a unique ancient pagan tradition is still alive – the dance of the wild men (Wilde-Mändle-Tanz), which is held only in this small town, once in five years.
Wilde-Mändle-Tanz is dedicated to the Germanic god Thor, and involves 13 men, all of whom belong to old local families who have been living in that region for centuries. The men’s costumes are made of moss, which grows only in the Allgäu Alps.
They dance to rhythmic drum music, building a pyramid, and at the end they drink mead from their wooden mugs, singing a ritual song.
Source: Benefits of a Bilingual Brain.
There’s a theory that bilingual people have stronger executive control. They are constantly making the decision in their head between which language to choose, and the executive control makes that decision. As a result, the theory suggests that executive control is somehow strengthened or even rerouted to be more efficient. Executive control controls a host of other things in the brain - it’s kind of like the control room for the higher-order thinking that makes us human, like planning and judgment. For this reason (according to the theory) bilinguals are better (according to evidence) at abstract thinking, symbolic reasoning, inhibition of inappropriate actions, more attentional control, greater creativity, greater cognitive flexibility, better filtering of sensory information, and more. All of that leads to things like being better in academics (all subjects, even math) and having better career opportunities.
In short, learn a second language because being bilingual is freaking awesome.
Abstract colors #abstract #pittsburgh (at Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor)