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Jun Cen for Omega Lifetime magazine on Innate Directional Magnetism

Posted on 05/19/17 by Sally

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This was one of those lovely projects from our partner-agent in London Kit Killington giving Jun Cen a fair amount of autonomy. The article for Omega Lifetime magazine, art directed by Anders Peter Mejer dealt with innate directional magnetism in animals but it had a genuine poetic flavor to it. It spoke of the rules of attraction between animate and inanimate objects. Jun's textures, compositions, perspectives and concepts touch on the instinctive feelings of being lost and found, alone and among other powers. Here are some quotes from that stood out for us:

“Back in England in the 1960’s and 1970’s Robin Baker, then a biologist at The University of Manchester, had been studying migration and orientation in moths and butterflies. At the same time, evidence was mounting that supported the notion that animals could sense the earth’s weak magnetic fields. By the end of the decade, Baker was convinced that humans could sense them too—or at least curious enough to find out. “A whole range of animals have got a magnetic sense, and we’re effectively just doing the same experiments with humans that we’ve done with other animals,” he said in a 1982 interview. “On the one hand, we’re showing that humans really do tend to be quite as good at navigation as, say, homing pigeons. On the other hand, we’re saying that all of the technology that other animals use to find a place to live are effectively the same as ours.”

“So get out there, humans. Look. Sniff. Listen. Taste. Touch. Just be. Do you really need a magnetic compass to find magnetism?”

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