So much of vampyroteuthic behavior reveals it to be a lovable and loving being. An examination of our society, however, reveals hardly any evidence of human lovability. If anything, the following is true: For the vampyroteuthis, it is precisely love, the recognition of others [...] The natural state [of humans] on the contrary, is defined by universal hatred, by the universal struggle for survival — one against all. By overcoming its animality, therefore, the vampyroteuthis learns to hate; by overcoming ours, we learn to love.
— Vilém Flusser
Humans and vampyroteuthis live far apart from one another. We would be crushed by the pressure of its abyss, and it would suffocate in the air that we breathe.
When we hold its relatives captive in aquaria—both to observe them and to infer certain things about it—they kill themselves: they devour their own arms. How we would conduct ourselves if dragged to its depths, where eternal darkness is punctured only by its bioluminescence remains to be seen.
Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise, with a Report by the Institut Scientifique de Recherche Paranaturaliste is included in the required summer reading for my MFA program at CCA. I have yet to understand why this book is required but am fascinated.
As the saying goes, sign painters don’t read signs. I claim designers don’t read copy.
(This one is dedicated to M.C.)
Forget the bus. There are things in life you’ve just gotta do sometimes.
What exactly are we storing away in the boxes we cart from place to place?
Our fondness for stuff affects almost every aspect of our lives. Housing size, for example, has ballooned in the last 60 years. The average size of a new American home in 1950 was 983 square feet; by 2011, the average new home was 2,480 square feet. Full article can be found on the NY Times website