Observing the Everyday

Rise From Bed

My rise from bed is usually fifteen minutes earlier than needs be to cement a ritual on what would normally be rushed, wasted minutes. The ritual is nothing more than taking the time to brew and enjoy coffee, listening to standards that connect me to an aspect of my life at home that comes with less ease in university halls, jazz drumming. The nature of the event is that of complete fabrication. If one were to take the morning for face value, the outcome would be a plan for greater efficiency; an outfit laid out from the night before, keys and wallet sitting by the door, breakfast pre-made, dry not wet (perhaps a well-considered aspect of living in Continental Europe, the effect of typical ‘design’ sitting further to the fore of national consciousness and infiltrating the subconscious). It seems as if the morning comes around the same everyday as if it were different, surprising the population into a confusing series of disjointed events that culminate in a run to make the train.

By creating an environment and a series of events that induce calm, I am then able to live out the day in one frame of mind. By forcibly creating something pleasant, the emotions are closer to hand and therefore easier to recreate and access.

One could summarise the whole event as living in fiction. The writing of Jorge Luis Borges (“Fictions”), serves as example of the use of fiction to explore other fictive ideas. He wrote based on stories that bore no truth, only serving to create a backdrop of another exploratory idea. Space is occupied by designed and curated experience that runs parallel to the true reality. Design is present with positive outcome.

Looking at the same process of curating experience, creating a rush, either through movement or stimulus, can activate the mind and help to develop a faster response to ideas. If someone requires to be woken to process information immediately (Fire-fighters), then the situation could be recreated by setting energetic tasks to be performed immediately from bed. A conclusion drawn from an experiment performed by the Stanford University School of Medicine (2007) was that the brain engages the same areas used when paying attention, accessing memory, and forming reasonable speculation as when listening to music. The department played eight melodies by the 18th Century composer William Boyce that were in a style quickly recognised (Baroque), but ensured the pieces avoided associations from use in cinema (for instance, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 from A Clockwork Orange). The department showed that during transitions between movements, the brain function of the test subjects focused on a set point of the piece, instead of wandering from section to section of the orchestra. It is this point of synchronisation between all the test subjects that shows the brain to be able to sort through information, but also show effects from processing stimulus.



  • Stanford University School of Medicine Reference.


  • Jorge Luis Borges, “Ficciones”, Completed 1956, Published by Emecé.



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