Sonder – Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

When I was a child I was fascinated with the term doppelgänger and the idea of a paranormal twin living somewhere. The term also describes seeing a glimpse of oneself in in peripheral vision. When I was about 12, I spent so much time trying to catch things at the corner of my eye that one of my teachers was so concerned at this peculiar eye twitch I had developed they recommended an eye check up. Anyway I digress …

Later in life, at university when I tackled the works of people like Hegel, Immanuel Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger (all in translation) I decided that German language definitely described what it was to be human in a different way to English.

Today this was re-enforced when I discovered a new word Sonder in blog titled a Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows written by John Koenig.

sonder – n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own

This video on YouTube captures the idea of this “obscure sorrow” so perfectly that I just had to do more than “like” it on face book and share it here.

Wailing Walls by Dan Witz

In Wailing Walls street artist, Dan Witz, collaborated with Amnesty International to highlight the injustice of people imprisoned for their political views. The pieces combine elements of street art, social media and QR code technology to create an engaging experience for viewers.

This is slightly off the topic of textiles but I found this art project thought provoking and interesting. So I thought I would share.