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Archive for December, 2005

And fuck Easter too

by Suzanne on December 25th, 2005


Just like every year, my mum, Mrs W. Tod (pictured here anno 1951) wishes you all a merry Whatever.

CECI N’EST PAS UN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Christmas Letters to Christopher Walken

“Scared of Santa” Photo Gallery

Ze Frank‘s Carol Maker With Very Irritating
Electro Clash Elves

Christmas Consumerism

The Incident Before Christmas

Flip Flop Flyin’’s Ten Fun Things To Do At Christmas

Making Fiends Christmas Episode

Happy Holidays From Chaos Kitty

Build Your Own Snowman

Pimp My Nutcracker

Weebl and Bob‘s White Christmas

B3ta’s Tramp O Claus

B3ta‘s Best of 2005

Krampus Postcards From Copro Nason Gallery

Special Bonus: Couple finds stoned owl in Christmas tree

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© Lost Fish

Art Krush | Art Prostitute | Ashley Snow Macomber | Donna Wilson | Irana DouerMel KadelMicrobo | Little Paper PlanesLost Fish | Mark Bodnar | Sebastian Holmer

MOVING IMAGES


Still from “Mexican Puppet Show”

U.N.K.L.E.‘s Eye For An Eye – Too sweet to digest…

Monty Python‘s Last Supper - Live on stage!

How Not to Be Seen – Another unforgettable gem by the Pythons.

Mexican Puppet Show – Pacman stars in his own theatre adaptation.¹

Valley of the Cnuties – A new pixelmation project by Flip Flop Flyin’.

FREE E-BOOKS & ESSAYS

Der Goldene Topf (by E. T. A. Hoffmann / German / Illustrated) | Forbidden books of the original New Testament (by William Wake / English) | The Awakening (by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy / English) | The Works of Guy de Maupassant Vol. 2 (by Guy de Maupassant / English) | The Works of Guy de Maupassant Vol. 3 (by Guy de Maupassant / English) | The Works of Guy de Maupassant Vol. 4 (by Guy de Maupassant / English) | Why Socialism? (by Albert Einstein / English)

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY

Dan McCarthy – Dan adds a hint of romantic batcave to graphic design.

I HAVE THE BEST iFRIENDS – PART MMMMCMXCVIII

I

“mykittenspilledwateronmykeyboardandmyspacebardoesn’twork

hereisapictureofmykitten”

(Email from Jess)

II

“Apparently it is Wrong, when finding carol singers at your door, to yell “Hail Satan! See you in Disneyland!” and slam it on them.”

(Warren on Bad Signal)

III

The incredibly gifted Scott Radke has created the ultimate Christmas tree ornaments for people who hate Christmas trees.

IV

Trevor Brown’s BabyArt Forum will reopen January 1st 2006. Weeeeeee!

V

Shane and his pals over at Crown Dozen have recently launched a desktop wallpaper contest. Closing date is December 31st 2005.

You can win some of the hottest t-shirts on this planet!

VI

A couple of months ago, Paul Watson from The Lazarus Corporation announced a new limited series of works entitled Principia Discordia (or “How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her”):

“Mixing found objects and stolen headlines, fine art drawings and photographs, police tape and musical scores, Principia Discordia is a limited series of 100 collages by Paul Watson.

Each hand-numbered collage is on 9 by 12 inches (229 x 305 mm) Bockingford Board, and comes with a letter guaranteeing authenticity.”

Click here to find out more about the artworks and how to order them.

VII

This year’s special thanks go out to Douglas Sery @ MIT Press, Robert Marbury @ Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and Usama Alshaibi for broadening the WurzelHorizon™ by sending me inspiring books, artworks and DVDs. Merci bien. ♥

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¹ Make sure to watch “Pac Man Re-Enacted By Humans” too.

Not for human consumption

by Suzanne on December 17th, 2005


Audrey Hepburn with her pet fawn “Ip” (photo by Bob Willoughby, 1958) – click to enlarge

It’s quite shocking.

Ever since I first saw this preserved deer fawn on eBay, I knew that it’s actually Audrey’s Ip.

They may have tried to make us believe that Ip was taken to an animal park after its part in Green Mansions, but bear in mind that they also once tried to convince us that the earth is not a disc, but a potato. Ha, nonsense!

Did I mention that it makes me cry to look at Audrey acting for more than 10 minutes? *sighs*

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© Pierre Mornet

Anita Kunz | Dave Kinsey | Greg Simkins / I Am Scared | Jim Woodring | Kurt Halsey | Marcos Chin | Pierre Mornet | Robert Mearns | Shift 109 | StereoHype | Todd Lawson

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Still from Marie Antoinette feat. Kirsten Dunst et al. – to be released in fall 2006

Bleak House – An animated Charles Dickens biography.

Frisco Strike Riots – San Francisco in the grip of the big strike. An historical document.

Marie Antoinette Trailer – Some pretentious unorthodox trailer director had the ever so subtle idea to use New Order’s “Age of Consent” from their “Power, Corruption & Lies” album to illustrated France at the end of the 18th century… uh huh…

Modern Times Trailer – … just a reminder for those of you who still haven’t seen this masterpiece.

FREE E-BOOKS & AUDIO BOOKS

“A Christmas Carol”¹ Podcast (by Charles Dickens / English)

Alice, or the Mysteries (by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton / English)

Beyond Good and Evil (by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche / English)

Old Hungarian Fairy Tales (by Baroness Orczy / English)

Original Short Stories — Volume 01 (by Guy de Maupassant / English)

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 2 (by E. A. Poe / English)

INTERVIEWS

Chris Ware interview (by Here & Now)

Dave Kinsey interview (by Fecal Face)

Ricky Gervais interview & podcasts (by Culture Vulture)

Steve Diet Goedde video podcast (by SugarBank)

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY

Naked – It’s not what you expect…

PSYCHICK HEADLINE OV THEE DAY

Copulating deaf couple unaware of own volume

POINTLESS PERSONAL REMARKS THAT NO-ONE IS GOING TO READ ANYWAY

N° 1

No, I won’t celebrate Christmas because I’m all alooo-oo-oone this year (*sobs*) and yes, you can always buy me thingies. You don’t even need a stupid holiday as excuse. Just click on the Amazon wishlist button in the left sidebar. Thanks! Thee Psychick Father, who sees what is done in secret and knows your IP address, will reward you with shiny and furry things.

N° 2

I realised the other day that “A Forest” by The Cure has been my favourite song throughout the past 10 years. Thanks, Robert. Please do us all a favour and stop recording albums now.

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¹ Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was published today in 1843.

Nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison

by Suzanne on December 8th, 2005



© Mark Holthusen – click to enlarge

“Reason did not extend itself with the bulk of the body; on the contrary, we observed in our country, that the tallest persons were usually the least provided with it; that among other animals, bees and ants had the reputation of more industry, art, and sagacity, than many of the larger kinds. [...]

I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.”

(From: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift)

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© Chet Zar

Andrea Wicklund | AugenBluten | Cédric Tanguy | Chet Zar | Mickey Duzyi | Shawn Barber | The Beholder | Turfizm

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Still from “Red-headed Riot” – © Internet Archive

Fischerspooner – One Is All We Are – Disgustingly colourful psychedelic plant mutation shite | Les Fantasies de Margot – Margot (& her plush octopus) in Wonderland | Red-headed Riot – Thanks to Bibi for pointing me to this vintage delight! | Wee Three – Matt Hulse traps 3 pupils in a haunted classroom…

FREE E-BOOKS

Atlantis (by Gerhart Hauptmann / English) | Fairy Tales (by the Grimm Brothers / English & German) | Great Expectations (by Charles Dickens / English) | History of the Plague in England (by Daniel Defoe / English) | The Raven (by Edgar Allan Poe / English / Illustrated!) | Witchcraft and Devil Lore in the Channel Islands (by John Linwood Pitts / English)

Also, make sure to check out the brand new Penguin® podcast for loads of book news, extracts from audio books, and author interviews.

INTERVIEW

Emma Clarke – the voice of London’s Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines (by B3ta)

UPCOMING MID-DECEMBER EXHIBITIONS


© John John Jesse at Art@Large – click to enlarge

The Winter Invitational at Art at Large in New York, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 8, 2005

→ Featuring: Sorayama, H.R. Giger, John John Jesse, David Hochbaum et al.

Anne Faith NichollsUnusuelle at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 8, 2005, 7 – 11 PM

Elizabeth McGrath‘s Altarwise by Owl-Light at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005

Paranormal at The Drawing Club in Los Angeles, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 7 – 11 PM

→ Featuring: New work by Ronald Kurniawan & Joel Nakamura.

Lil Big Fat at Magpie Gallery in San Diego, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 5 PM – midnight

→ Featuring: Jeremiah Ketner, Rik Catlow, Ryan Bubnis, Scott Saw, Kathie Olivas, Caia Koopman, Joshua Petker, Julie West, Luke Chueh, Chris Ryniak, and more.

Out of Doors at AfterModern in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: December 10, 2005, 6 – 9 PM

→ Featuring: Fafi, Fawn Gehwheiler, Andrew Ross et al.

Please also keep an eye on the left sidebar for more upcoming events.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

N° 1

In a couple of minutes, at 00:35 CET, good olde ARD will be showing the restored and enhanced version of Fritz Lang’s M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder.

Watch it if you can / haven’t done so already!

N° 2

Trevor Brown’s website has been hacked / stolen. Please update your bookmarks to his alternative URL.

Today, You Will Obey No-One But Our Beloved Leader Warren

by Suzanne on December 7th, 2005


Our Beloved Leader Warren

These are your instructions for the day. They are very simple.

Punch someone in the face. And when they ask why, say: “Warren Ellis told me to do it.”

This is good for everybody. You get to pick someone who’s annoying the shit out of you and punch them in the face without responsibility, because I told you to do it. Eventually, word of all this will get out to the news services, and I will be Sinister Mind-Controlling Internet Jesus, which will do wonders for my book sales. We all win.

Off you go.

W

That’s all for today. You’ve heard our dear leader. Off with ye!