Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Apparently twenty percent of the population are susceptible to the “noisy GIF” phenomenon and hear a thudding sound in time with this animation. Do you hear these electric pylon jumping rope? It seems like a natural enough association to make in anticipation but I wonder why only some perceive it and others do not. It makes me think about the deaf couple that ran a boutique specialising in fine glassware that I visited a few times. The way that they handled vases were shudder-inducing for me—certain that they’d shatter something but I realised that they knew the tolerance and fragility of their items far better than I did and hearing glass on glass was not necessarily insightful.