Oh oh, I really want to see this new film from Hungarian directory PÁLFI GYÖRGY, Taxidermia. I can't figure out the plot exactly just yet, but I know it involves a guy who can shoot fire out his penis, an eating contest, and of course lots of taxidermy. What could be better?
Some wonderfully weird Russian animation from good ol' You Tube and creator Ivan Maximov.
The moog recreation of Eastern European folk music is great.
I love this Human League video because it seems oddly prescient of our current map and map hack fascinations.
Here is a better quality version that requires a divx plugin.
Check out the video of this static sculpture altered into a interactive art work via simple projection. It's stunning to see how adding a layer of light onto something as simple as a stack of boxes can be so transformative.
There seems to be some amazing projects going down at the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art in the UK. Many of the projects focus on communication and interactions in relationships and how technology can modulate that experience. I am particularly interested in the idea of a system to truly experience your own and other unique special smell.
Pete Goldlust has created some rather delicate sculptures all carved from little standard crayons. What a great choice of medium.
I've been infatuated with the poems of Frederick Seidel lately, especially those from his latest book Ooga Booga. They are dark and grizzly at times but refreshingly elegant as well. They are like a dark sentiment draped over a bright city.
I am amazed to see how hard it is to find his books in stores or any mention of him in many poetry forums.
Listen to him read on his website (click Kill Poem for the best).
- We sang tons of songs in Mike Hoyt's karaoke shack (Norae Shanty - photos.
- intimate apareal - a sewing workshop to hack intimacy into garments for two people on up
- food - Chicago dogs with everything, Korean BBQ, and fabulous Chinese
- lectures on ice physics and bio diesel
- music from one of my favorite once local bands, triangle
- Janet Groenert's CAUTION flowers
Thanks for the good times Chicago.
My Mom recently took a little side trip with her sisters to one of the weirder museums that the midwest has to offer. Leila's Hair Museum in Independance, Missouri is probably the world's only hair museum, acting as the headquarters for the Victorian Hairwork Society. The museum sports a large collection of hair jewelry and samples dating back to 1725. Hair jewelry really caught on during Victorian times when it was regularly used to honor a dead relative or loved one as part of the mourning process.
But what say you want to get started on making some of your own hair medallions, rings, and broaches but you don't want to part with your curly locks. We'll just a click away are several pages full of people offering their hair up for sale. I guess there's nothing inherently creepy about this but the pages of pictures with oddly obscured faces and tons of long flowing hair kinda wigs me out (pun intended).
But nevertheless this place sure is going on my list for the grand mid-west museum field trip.