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Artist Creates Stunning Depiction of Depression

Without doubt, depression is one of the biggest topic of the 21st century. No longer seen as something that we merely use for attention, mental health is quickly becoming a major topic in the modern world. And rightfully so. However, the challenge with mental health discussion can come from making the right kind of emotive impact on the person listening.

Words, often, can’t penetrate to the level expected. This is why experts like Dawid Planeta, a Polish artist, is so useful for talking about depression. The artist and graphical designer takes the role of powerful, gigantic spirit animals to help showcase the enormity of depression.

His latest work, Mini People in the Jungle, is an exceptional visual showcase of his own journey through depression. He describes it as “a story of a man descending into “darkness and chaos in search of himself.”

Throughout each piece, a small human figure appears as the protagonist. Wandering through a litany of stunning, fog-filled locations, each image shows him facing off against some other form of enormous animal: the eyes of the animal always standing out the most, illuminating the entire image.

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According to Planeta, they help him to find his way, saying: “When he knows who he is, he goes there again, this time without fear. He goes there because it’s a part of who he is. It’s a part of human nature you can’t ignore. You need to know all parts of life, dark and bright.”

Like most artists, Planeta is very candid about his own feelings. Speaking about the experience to My Modern Met, Planeta said: “Depression—it’s not easy to deal with, but when you try, you can stop thinking about it as a weakness and turn it into something brilliant,

“That’s what I aim to accomplish with my art. Things I’m trying to depict are dark, mysterious and frightening, but if you look closely, you will find excitement, passion and joy. Just open your mind and see.”

The imagery is quite special, with some of our favorites from the special piece including:

  1. This stunning oxen, standing out among the fog with its eyes guiding the path to progress, and potential salvation.
  2. Standing underneath a massive goat-like creature, the figure stands with his arms wide-open, ready to face the challenge.
  3. The stunning, mountain-like turtle, offering guidance and protection – one of the few animals to appear with its eyes dimmed.
  4. The rhino provided extra light for the torch, helping the man find his pathway to whatever it is he is searching for.

Want to see more? Be sure to check out the amazing Behance profile that Dawid runs. He has some amazing shots from his collection, with each one making it so easy to see the unique power of art when it comes to facing off against depression.

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Without doubt, depression is one of the biggest topic of the 21st century. No longer seen as something that we merely use for attention, mental health is quickly becoming a major topic in the modern world. And rightfully so. However, the challenge with mental...

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Wow: See The 2018 NG Photo of the Year Winner

For some time now, the world has been captured in ever-increasingly better detail. As we get access to sharper and more specific photography options, we can snapshots that previously would simply have not been possible.

The National Geographic Photo of the Year competition is one of the best ways to help you fully appreciate and understand this yourself.

From amazing shots of cities and skylines to underwater captures of amazing whales, you’ll find something for every kind of personal opportunity. In the end, the winner was to be Reiko Takahashi. Reiko managed to find some amazing shots, including a mesmeric tail-side shot of a humpback whale just off of Kumejima Island. She named it “Mermaid” and it managed to win the competition.

This gave Reiko both natural acclaim for her shot, and a nice $10,000 in the pocket for her troubles. Since she recently left her office job to get under the waves and capture amazing shots, that must feel pretty damn good!

Speaking about it, Reiko said: “It was a special scene for me, to be able to take a photo of the calf, completely relaxed in gentle waters,

“Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us—it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large and beautiful tail.”

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You should definitely take a look at some of the other category winners, too. Top photos were chosen for each of the three categories, with Hiro Kurashina of Japan winning the “Cities” award ad Alessandra Meniconzi of Switzerland won the “People” award. They took $2,500 home each.

Some of the shots are truly special, with even some of the runners-up giving you a genuine appreciation of the beauty of the world that we live within. The Cities winner, “Another Rainy Day in Nagasaki, Kyushu” perfectly encapsulates the beautiful yet somewhat damp nature of life in Nagasaki.

Meanwhile, the Peoples winner, “Tea Culture” is the perfect capture of a truly special part of a culture. Be sure to take a look at the winners and runners-up on the official site: you will be able to get some truly special images to inspire yourself by.

Who knows, you might even take up photography and enter yourself next year!

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For some time now, the world has been captured in ever-increasingly better detail. As we get access to sharper and more specific photography options, we can snapshots that previously would simply have not been possible.
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On The Walls: The Best of Banksy Street Art

Everyone knows that when it comes to the world of graffiti and street art, there is one person who is miles above the rest- and that is Banksy. England -based graffiti artist is infamous for his dark and powerful art which tackles political and social issues. And what keeps him an enigma is that his identity remains unknown!

That’s right, he may be the British prime minister for all we know. On this list, we display some of his most poignant work that is found across the world.

Olympic Piece

When the Olympics were held in Banksy’s backyard in 2012 (in London), he took the opportunity to fill the flooding streets with relevant graffiti work. The most direct among them was of a young third world boy stitching the British flag – a pointed critique of child labor.

Rats on the Street

One of Banksy’s most common kind of graffiti is rats. He has been spraying rats on the walls of the British city of Bristol for years. Rats carrying cameras, rats knocking over tubs of nuclear waste, rats painting buildings.

He explained his fascination with these creatures stating in his book, “They exist without permission. They are hated, hunted, and persecuted. They live in quiet desperation amongst the filth. And yet they are capable of bringing entire civilizations to their knees.”

Everyone knows that when it comes to the world of graffiti and street art, there is one person who is miles above the rest- and that is Banksy. England -based graffiti artist is infamous for his dark and powerful art which tackles political and social...

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Art Is Going to The Freezing South

The 1st Antarctic Biennale, an original concept with the idea of gathering artists, scientists and researchers all around the world, has sat sails to the “Last Continent” on 17th of March.

Under the motto from Jules Verne’s novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, the motto of captain Nemo and his Nautilus, which is ”Mobilis in mobile”, this group of contemporary artists is about the step on the pure and white plains of Antarctica and push the boundaries of modern concepts of artistic creation.

The first ships began their journey from the port of Ushuaia in Argentina on 17th of March and are heading towards the cold ice through the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Passage of Drake when the expedition will arrive at the promised land. The expedition consists of 50 to 100 members. Artists and scientists are joined by the organization who came up with the idea, as well as the technical support group, reporters and critics. There will also be a small filming crew who will document this unique event.

The main quest for the people involved in the project is to create objects, installations, stage actions and all kind of performances. The idea is that their creations are portable, able to resist all unpredictable and heavy weather conditions and not to cause any damage to the environment they are populating. After the Biennale, several exhibitions will be staged in museums around Europe and Russia, where people will have the chance to admire the imagination and inventiveness of this daring group.

The idea for the Antarctic Biennale originally came from a Russian sailor, but also an artist and philosopher Alexander Ponomarev all the way back in 2011. Three years later, in 2014, he established the Antarctic Pavilion, as a foundation to the Biennale. The Pavilion, drawing inspiration from Ponomarev’s past nautical and sailing experience, is about exploring the unexplored, a concept which wants to investigate the difference between reality and illusions, as well as how a

personal and cultural history of humans entwine. Ponomarev wanted to utilize the cultural potential of Antarctica, where he has already realized numerous projects.

 

 

On January 24th, the Biennale got UNESCO’s patronage, who recognized the good will of promoting the continent and the idea of global cultural and scientific exchange. The expedition was funded and got support from many different organizations, including Eugene Kaspersky, the Chairman of Kaspersky Lab, who was fascinated by the endeavor and the passion from the people involved with it. The project was also supported by Anna Somers Cocks, CEO of the Art Newspaper Group, and Nic Iljine, who is the advisor to the General Director of the State Heritage Museum.

The Antarctic Biennale will last from 12 to 15 days, depending on the weather conditions and the time it will take them to reach their goals. But it will not end there, because, as the organization behind it emphasized, this is “biennale in process”, a process of constantly building the space for productive and meaningful creations. On this plain and white sheet of paper on the map, artists from different countries will try to write their own rules, expanding the borders and identity.

The 1st Antarctic Biennale, an original concept with the idea of gathering artists, scientists and researchers all around the world, has sat sails to the “Last Continent” on 17th of March.
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Fashion Design Does Matter

Fashion design is a type of art dedicating to the creations of making clothes and many different modern life accessories.  To be a fashion designer you should have an artistic, creative personality, being able to express yourself and your ideas visually, on the paper for example. Not meaning that you have to be an artist, but to have taste in these things, such as color-combining, tones or shades, and to have a wide visual imagination, as many of them like arts, are visiting galleries, working and interacting with many different artists, as for the work, the same as for their own pleasure. Modern fashion design is split into two forms or categories: Ready to wear, and haute couture.

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The haute couture culture is directed towards some specific customers and these clothes are fitting these exact customers perfectly, and Ready to Wear collections are standards, made for everyone, so they will be wider cast in sales, in bigger amounts, but for the less price. It is hard to understand the audience’s needs and to meet the customer’s requirements. These designers should have smooth communication skills, and the ability to express themselves clearly. Bringing designing clothes to marketing is more complex process than you thought, and it’s not only designer’s mission to work for the process flowing from start to the end.

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Fashion designers usually start applying their ideas as they reach consumer’s tastes for fashion brands in the fashion market, later on, they can grow some initiative for making new clothes according to this data. Designers rarely work alone, since the process of creating a concept, literally making a pattern for the clothing article, putting it together and making it a living project is too much for one person to handle. Most people think that they have an easy job and that their education is all about knowing designing techniques and learning of people’s tastes, but to be a decent fashion designer you should also have a knowledge of things like math, art history, science and probably, if you are an independent designer, of some business management.

This profession is also known for being “glamorous”, it is competitive as well, a difficult industry to fit into. When citizens and even celebrities are wearing clothes that you made is probably very exciting, and it probably means that you’re a good one. It requires perseverance and patience, but in general, the reward makes it worth, if you preserve.

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Fashion designers should be aware of standards and market requirements. They must be always learning new things, including fashion itself, read magazines, learn about fashion history, etc…

Fashion is actually, a very important notion in our lives. The clothes you wear, the way you look like is very important these days, it tells much about your personality, people get judged, people getting rejected for job opportunities, or getting some, all for the way you look. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have money to afford some things you might, but you should have a sense of taste, and feel what goes with you, should never be static, because there is no such thing as the one fitting everyone.

Fashion design is a type of art dedicating to the creations of making clothes and many different modern life accessories.  To be a fashion designer you should have an artistic, creative personality, being able to express yourself and your ideas visually, on...

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What is Today’s Art and Can it be Defined?

Contemporary art is, we can say, art, that was created during our lives. Meaning that it evolves, based on how people blend with it, there are many types, styles, and forms of art today, but does all have a meaning?

“Modern” or “Contemporary” are only a synonyms for art. Sadly, in the world of art, these two forms describe two completely different moments of creations, and two separate concepts of art, bigger the difference, bigger the confusion. To fully understand the concept of Contemporary Art we should understand the difference of these two. The notion of Modern Art is usually related with arts emerged in between of 1860’s and 1970’s. During this period the art made successful experimentation and placed it past traditions aside. This new form of art and its freedom influenced by the inner views and expressions are making a great deal where the great changes and motives of Modern Art are questioned.

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With all the diversity and its challenging nature, the art today includes various combinations of materials, styles, and meanings that are opposing the essence of simple definition. Artist today are constantly exploring ideas of new forms of art, aiming to understand the art of their time. With the lack of ideology or labels, as often seen, sometimes it’s “evolving” too fast for the audience, with them wondering if they skipped anything. The “missing content” is usually important, and its variations off different views that actually help in developing different styles. This deviation of the dominant, previous definition only improves the ideas of Modern Art.

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Since it developed in the time of re-evaluations, experimentations, and with many questions, Contemporary Art sometimes misses the concept of shared idea, and the way of expressing. After this experiment, everything is so called art, according to all of this, followed by the upcoming trends, always questioning and expanding the idea of what else can be pronounced to art, to begin with. Contents of these works, are often not related to active social issues and are usually aiming to re-define the common values.

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So, what now..? Obviously, there is a feel like something crucial and dominant that defines it is missing, and the approach that these vary valuables have towards art is never-ending, so how should we separate the concept of Contemporary art and Modern Art? Modern Art refers to the past, and with these references, it attempts to understand current time, present. Contemporary art, is also aiming for that, but the present is “shape-shifting” itself, and it is hard to know, so the question like “What is Art?” is often repeated, and it is no wonder.

Making art which is the opposite of what viewers expected, and its artistic nature is of modern concept actually. Artists from all categories and areas are producing something relative to their predecessor’s creations, and are influenced by their own relative culture and time period.

Contemporary art is, we can say, art, that was created during our lives. Meaning that it evolves, based on how people blend with it, there are many types, styles, and forms of art today, but does all have a meaning?
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Is Fashion an Art?

Is fashion really an art? The topic everyone on the world wide web is talking about. Yes, it is! No, it isn’t?

Even in past, history has shown us that people dressed to express themselves. Everything started with ancient Egyptians. Their clothing was filled with a variation of colors, decorated with precious gems and jewels. And it was not only made for beauty, but also for comfort. Also, their clothes have been made to keep them cool while they are in the desert. Then ancient Greeks discovered some other materials and styles. Clothing in ancient Greek has been mainly made of chiton (costume), peplos (women clothes), himation (usually worn over a chiton) and chlamys (some type of short overcoat). And we are still talking about a period of time around fall of ancient Egyptian, Greek and the Roman empire. As humans evolved, and everything around them, so did fashion.

We can see in British culture from the 1830s to 1910s some really interesting changes in fashion, including changes in styles. Clothes were seen as an expression women’s place in society. Upper-class women usually tightly laced corset over a bodice or chemisette, paired with a skirt. The hat was standard formal wear for upper and middle-class men. Woman’s shoes in the early Victorian period (the 1830s) were narrow and heelless, black or white color. The heel on the shoes changed with time, like ethics and value.

Yes, we know, fashion is fashion and art is art. But we live in a modern world where everything is “growing” so fast, and we are humans and our basic need is to express ourselves. So, can fashion also be an art form? Museums are showing fashion just as much as paintings, or other art. Fashion can tell you about history, events, culture, etc. Many of the clothes seen going down the fashion runway don’t have any particular use, and many designers create impractical clothes just because they want to show their creativity, which is exactly what artist do in their craft. Designers are expressing themselves through clothes they made. I agree that there are many big brand names that make clothes that they think is going to be popular, just so they can sell and make money. But still, there are many true artists who express themselves in the way of creation. “A lot of designers collaborate with artists and incorporate features of art into their work such as Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian in 1965. Yves Saint Laurent’s dress was inspired by artist the Piet Mondrian. It was inspired by Piet Mondrian’s work which mainly consisted of thick black lines and primary colors. In this case, fashion was literally art.”

Fashion is not necessarily about labels, it’s not about brands. It’s something else that comes within the human being. What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, it’s your identity. Especially today, when human contacts are so quick, fashion is instant language. It’s a simple way of saying complicated things.

Is fashion really an art? The topic everyone on the world wide web is talking about. Yes, it is! No, it isn’t?
Even in past, history has shown us that people dressed to express themselves. Everything started with ancient Egyptians. Their clothing was filled...

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Big Art Strike on Inauguration Day

Donald Trump will have his inauguration on January 20th 2017, where he will become 45th sworn president of the United States. A group of 130 critics and artists will use this event to make a protest. They signed a petition in which cultural institutions around the country are being called to close for the whole day.

This protest, J20 Art Strike, requires theaters, concert halls, galleries, museums, non-profits, schools and studios to stop with their everyday business for 24 hours and try to resist the “normalization of Trumpism ― a toxic mix of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, militarism, and oligarchic rule,” as organizers called it. On that day, creative citizens are being invited to go on the streets and protest against the role of such cultural spaces.

The petition states:” We consider Art Strike to be one tactic among others. Like any tactic, it is not an end in itself, but rather an intervention that will ramify into the future. It is not a strike against art, theater, or any other cultural form. It is an invitation to motivate these activities anew, to reimagine these spaces as places where resistant forms of thinking, seeing, feeling, and acting can be produced. However you choose to respond to this call, Art Strike is an occasion for public accountability, an opportunity to affirm and enact the values that our cultural institutions claim to embody.”

Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Joan Jonas, Dread Scott, Trevor Paglen and Simone Leigh are just some of the many artists who signed the petition. Also, a few critics like Chris Kraus, Lucy Lippard and Hilton Als decided to participate as well. But, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, decided to stay open during this protest on the inauguration day. The New York Times got an email from Miranda Carroll, the director of communications in LA County Museum of Art:” Our entire program and mission, every day, is an expression of inclusion and appreciation of every culture.”

Although many of the art world inhabitants uphold and believe in the J20 Art Strike mission, also think that it is very important that art institutions stay open on January 20th. Jonathan Jones, the Guardian art critic doubts the protest’s effectiveness. He wrote:” Such a protest can only help the participants feel good about themselves. It is at best a way of saying ‘not in my name,’ and cannot conceivably do anything to curb Trump or ensure his electoral defeat next time around. Let’s face it: art and serious culture are completely marginal to American life. Trump’s victory proves that. Closing museums is not likely to have any impact on those who support him. With all due respect, they might be affected a lot more if reality television shows went on strike.”

There is only a few days before The Inauguration Day, so creative individuals and cultural institutions need to ask themselves if they will participate in this art protest and will it have any effect. Those who decide to go out on the streets will absolutely have some very gifted thinkers and artists by their side.

One thing is certain; it is going to be one difficult day.

Donald Trump will have his inauguration on January 20th 2017, where he will become 45th sworn president of the United States. A group of 130 critics and artists will use this event to make a protest. They signed a petition in which cultural institutions...

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Happiness In a Cookie: The Unicorn Treat You Will Want To Devour

In the most recent years, mystical unicorns have become a fashion statement and a food theme that has most foodies and almost all fashionistas going crazy for in their works. We’ve seen unicorns used in designs for the market of children’s clothing as well as unique dresses and apparel, and even seen the magical creature have its images posted on cakes and cookies, in forms of savory desserts that have all creators inspired. What could be the next level of the art of the unicorn? Combining it with the fan favorite Macaroon cookie.

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Duluth, Georgia based bakery Mac Lab Bakery now has fans going wild for their new take on the unicorn and sweets trend by making the most creative Macaroon cookie with the face of an adorable unicorn, and the taste of Fruity Pebbles inside. People are absolutely going crazy! The design begins with the cutest, one line eyes, centered with a sprinkley design, and topped with two ears and a spike in between to show the symbolic horn of the distinguished, mystical creature.

We are open today! Come on in and warm yourself with the company of unicorns!

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Mac Bakery is one innovative bakery that exceeds the unique design; they also use healthy ingredients in their cookies. They use non GMO ingredients as well as almond flour to ensure that their cookie serves those with gluten allergies, aside from those who will simply want to delve into this treat regardless, because it is so worth it! The one appealing thing about the Unicorn Macaroon is that aside from its cute little designs, the flavoring makes it everything. Like we said before, the flavor is based off of fruity pebbles with a cream filling that brings us back to our childhood, and that is a beautiful quality in itself that makes the cookie worth its calories!

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In the most recent years, mystical unicorns have become a fashion statement and a food theme that has most foodies and almost all fashionistas going crazy for in their works. We’ve seen unicorns used in designs for the market of children’s...

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These Artists Are Using 3D Technology For a Unique Purpose

Historical artifacts have always been easy to depict and decifer where they come from and what ancient era they have been created in. Furthermore, they become easier to write about from a historical perspective. Recently, about 135 artifacts in the form of wooden carvings have been found that have such tiny and intricate details, artists are trying their hardest to figure out where they have come from, and what the meanings of them are. This could seem to be a hard job, but the ones doing the digging have found it slightly easier with the great use of xray technology.

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Through the start of the research, artists have figured out that these wooden carvings come from between the years of 1500-1535; that is only an estimate, of course. These artists also have come to believe that the art comes from the Netherlands as back then merchants were carving wooden, religious figures to sell and make a profit from. After a while, however, the style faded out and the carvings became artifacts. Obvioulsy this is just a speculation, but the history behind it can be a pointer that could help the artists continue to dig into in order to find the answers they so desire.

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All we can say here is thank God for technology, because aside from history, the adventure of discovery had become a lot easier for the process. There has been a use of 3D interpretation technology as well as micro-CT scanning; with this technology, the carvings become a lot more legible like a magnifying glass on the skin looking into hair follicles. Although there is both technology and history as a helper, it is still very hard to discover the truth. One could only hope that soon the xray and 3D devices will better decipher and soon uncover the truth of these beautiful, historical masterpieces.

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Historical artifacts have always been easy to depict and decifer where they come from and what ancient era they have been created in. Furthermore, they become easier to write about from a historical perspective. Recently, about 135 artifacts in the form of...

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Meet The Artist Who Colorfully Thought Outside the Box

When it comes to making vases, pottery is the truest and most genuine form of a medium for the art. Obviously, vases come in all shapes and sizes but the main material is a ceramic beauty. An artist named Nick, from his own company NZ Woodturning, decided to be creative and think outside of the vase (pun indeed intended). This time, instead of using clay and dirty hands, he decided to utilize color pencils to create something beyond the norm. Check into the beauty of this creation, and how it was done as well.

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Diving into the story, Nick had bought many boxes of colored pencils to get started on his project. It did not matter which colors he had, the purpose was to make a rainbow holder for flowers or whatever else people would freely decide to choose. He started off by stacking four layers of colored pencils to start, surrounding a base of a block of wood. Following that step, he filled the holes with a sticky substance called resin. On a side note, resin is used to put on the bow of a violin, viola, or cello and is mainly used for that purpose. After filling the holes, the vase obtains a 3D look that will absolutely wow your eyes.

““I like to be different. Most things I make you wouldn’t have seen before. It’s a bit of a funny shape, but it’s a funky piece anyway!”

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Nick’s claim to fame as a pottery artist can be that he created a colorful mountain from a wooden molehill. It is simply easy for an artist with a pottery expertise to continue their mediums without expanding their boundaries, but truly the best form of art is going outside your comfort zone. If anyone could buy this beautiful masterpiece, then they would truly be the luckiest art consumer in the world.

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When it comes to making vases, pottery is the truest and most genuine form of a medium for the art. Obviously, vases come in all shapes and sizes but the main material is a ceramic beauty. An artist named Nick, from his own company NZ Woodturning, decided to...

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When Psychological Warfare Becomes an Art

No one in the near quarter-century history of modern mixed martial arts has ever had quite a year like the one Irish superstar Conor McGregor experienced in 2016. McGregor did what no fighter in the history of the UFC (Ultimate Fighter Championship) could ever pull off – he held two weight class titles at the same time. Its not even that he appears to be a better Mixed Martial artist than others, his unique ability to use psychological warfare makes him rise above the rest.

Psychological warfare (PSYWAR) has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest weapons in the arsenal of human beings. Alexander the great of Macedonia, for example, used this technique. He conquered most of the world during his reign. Each area he conquered, he left a portion of soldiers behind to stay and occupy the cities. Alexander soon came to realise that he had spread his army too thin and was in danger of losing to a larger army. Alexander was forced to flee and regroup with the armies he left behind. He knew that the opposing army would pursue him, catch up with him, and then turn him into mincemeat. So what did Alexander do? He ordered his armourers to make several over-sized breastplates and helmets that would fit ‘giants’, men 8 feet tall. He then scarpered during the night with his small army, leaving behind the giant armour. The opposing army eventually found the armour that Alexander left behind. This left the opposing army as scared as a hog at a barbeque because they thought they would have to fight an army of giants. Coupled with the rumours spread around the villages about Alexander’s army, the opposing army decided not to chase him. Pretty clever, huh?
So, what is Psychological warfare? It is intended to demoralise and break the enemie’s will to fight. Various techniques are used and are aimed at influencing the opponents value systems, belief systems, emotions, motives, reasoning, and behavior. It is intended to cause terror, which encourages the opponent to mentally retreat. It is used in political campaigns, war, business, sport, and even in some everyday households between families. There are varying degrees to PSYWAR ranging from mild to extreme. You can say that ‘reverse psychology’ is one of the PSYWAR tactics.

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Now lets bring back the focus on Conor McGregor.

4 tactics Conor McGregor uses:

1) Learned Helplessness

McGregor’s opponents are made to feel that It’s useless to resist his verbal attacks because everything they say makes things worse. He frequently turns his opponents into objects of laughter in front of the media, putting them into an awkward and embarrassing situation. In time, opponents get used to past effects of their words and start limiting their expressions because of the fear of being humiliated again.

2) Discrediting

Discrediting is a major goal of most psychological warfare campaigns. The way it’s used is through third parties rendering a judgement against opponents. Prior to the judgement, McGregor will often discredit his opponent in the eyes of onlookers through a combination of harassment by his large base of loyal fans and some more PSYWAR with the goal of changing his opponent’s perception of the people and the world around them. This leads to the opponent putting doubts in their own mind.

3) Invisible Control

Since Conor McGregor is the most valuable UFC fighter due to his major earnings, many of his opponents believe that the company is on his side and that he is a “favorite” employee. This results in suspicion among other employees which can lead to a moral loss.

4) Reputation Attack

Conor has a habit of verbally insulting and tiring his opponents, causing them to feel furious and over-react while they’re in the octagon. When the opponents lose control over their emotions, Conor aims to make them unable to stay focused during the fight. Talk about genius, right?!

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. -Sun Tzu

No one in the near quarter-century history of modern mixed martial arts has ever had quite a year like the one Irish superstar Conor McGregor experienced in 2016. McGregor did what no fighter in the history of the UFC (Ultimate Fighter Championship) could...