Insomniac tendencies, sleeplessness.
Sandman, blow some sleep into my eyes.
O Canada by Joyce Wieland, 1970. Lithograph in red on wove paper.
To make this print, Wieland put on greasy lipstick and pressed her lips onto a clean lithography stone, forming the syllables of the Canadian national anthem. The piece plays with ideas of feminism and nationalism. The “O” in the title is repeated in the shape of the lips, suggesting both fervent patriotism and a kind of eroticism.
Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.
from my diary, 19 November 2013
My hair is too long, long enough to be tied back with silk-soft ribbons, and it falls in front of my face far too often. My fingertips flick it back and tiny puffs of breath blow my fringe away from my eyes. Spent my day speaking to women who couldn’t discern reality, women who cried for fear of things that don’t exist. Ophelias drowning in their brooks. I went to the shops today and bought a bouquet of autumn blooms and it felt like buying flowers for gravestones.