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Eternal life has fueled many fantasies, but for the artist Arakawa and the poet Madeline Gins, it was doctrine. “It’s immoral that people have to die,” Gins once said. The couple had but one mission in life: to fight death through their art. “If you change your environment, you can change yourself,” Gins said in a 2011 interview. The architect-artist couple Arakawa & Gins insisted that constantly testing your senses and perception, and using every muscle in your body, would stimulate your immune system. So they built spaces — like rainbow-colored lofts in Tokyo in which the floors are bumpy, the light switches are all at different heights, and the walls are different textures — that literally and figuratively keep you on your toes, guessing at what’s…

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