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Chère imagination...

by Suzanne on April 30th, 2006


© Gervasio Gallardo - click to enlarge - via Phantasmaphile

'Chère imagination, ce que j'aime surtout en toi, c'est que tu ne pardonnes pas.'

(Extrait du Manifeste du surréalisme par André Breton)

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RECOMMENDED EXHIBITIONS


© Gretchen Ryan at Roq la Rue - click to enlarge

Für immer und ewig? – The world’s most photographed at Museum Ludwig in Köln, Germany.

→ Finissage: May 1, 2006

Yumiko Kayukawa & John John Jesse's Year of the Dog at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Vernissage: May 4, 2006, 7 - 11 PM (+ book signing for Yumiko)

Ever After at Roq la Rue in Seattle, USA.

→ Finissage: May 6, 2006

→ Featuring: Moira Hahn, Amy Crehore, and Gretchen Ryan.

Unforgiving at The Changing Room in NYC, USA.

→ Finissage: May 6, 2006 | Flyer

→ Featuring: James Jean, Brendan Danielsson, Robert Hardgrave, et al.

Jeremiah Ketner & Evah Fan's Pitter Patter at Hotcakes Gallery in Milwaukee, USA.

→ Finissage: May 7, 2006

Contaminated Memories

by Suzanne on April 26th, 2006


© Seth Design - click on images to enlarge

'Later a haematology professor told me I had been very unlucky: I was in the wrong place at the wrong time of my pregnancy.

Anya is like a house plant. She has a very rare blood disease and almost no immunity. In 2004 she caught meningitis and was in a coma for three days. A doctor told me it was all over, but she pulled through.

In the 1990s a law was passed, which promised benefits to Chernobyl invalids, but it said nothing about child invalids. Together with some other parents I formed an organisation, 'Flowers in the Wormwood', which successfully lobbied for the law to be changed.

There is a tendency now to play down the problem of Chernobyl, and, if possible, to forget it. Once the 20th anniversary has passed, I think the state will begin to withdraw support.'

(Lena Kostuchenko, 39, a Chernobyl zone evacuee about her daughter Anya, 19)

I don't remember much about my childhood except that I loved reading books under my blanket, that my brother always had the best C64 games and the stupidest haircuts, that my mum cooked the best lasagna on earth, that my dad looked like Don Camillo and that he was the Easter Bunny. You can't deny it any longer. I've seen you hiding chocolate Easter eggs in the garden when I was 5. Yes.

However, I do remember spring 1986. I had just turned 7 and it was the last spring before I entered primary school. Near the end of April, something terrible happened in a place east of us, a country I've never even heard of before. I remember my mum talking to other mums about whether it was still safe to drink milk and to let the children play outside. I was a child who detested the outside world anyway. I preferred to stay at home and read ghost and witch stories. So when my mum told my brother and me that we should better stay indoors for a while, I was instantly filled with much glee.

It was two years later at the time of the Kaiseraugst controversy in Switzerland, when my father explained me why he had a "Strom ohne Atom" sticker, that I slowly began to understand what had really happened back then in the Ukraine... and that it could happen again.

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Please take a few minutes of your time today to visit these sites:

Nuclear Nightmares - 20 Years Since Chernobyl
Radiating Places - A Requiem of a Special Kind
Chernobyl Legacy
BBC's In Depth on Chernobyl
BBC's Chernobyl - The Accident
BBC's Chernobyl Diary I, II
BBC's Chernobyl Image Gallery I, II, III, IV, V
National Geographic's Photo Gallery: Chernobyl, 20 Years After the Disaster
NPR's Voices of Chernobyl - Survivors' Stories
Telepolis: Radioaktive Verseuchung um Tschernobyl heute gefährlicher als 1986
Thee Forum on Chernobyl controversies

Unerkannt durchs Mädchenland

by Suzanne on April 20th, 2006


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... Ich weiß: du müßtest über hundert Brücken,
weite zugesperrte Straßen gehn,
Rückwärts,
in dein Mädchenland zurück,
Müßtest deine Hand
mir geben und das lange Stück
Mit mir durchwandern,
bis Erinnerung, Lust und Wehe dir entschwänden,
Und wir in morgendlich begrünten Furchen
vor dem Tal des neuen Aufgangs ständen ...

Aber du blickst zurück. Schrickst auf und schauerst.
Lächelst. Und deine Lippen sinken,
Geflügel wilder Schwäne, über meinen Mund,
als wollten sie sich um Erwachen
und Besinnung trinken.

(aus: 'La Querida' von Ernst Stadler, 1883-1914)

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There are only two Flickr™ photos tagged with "penisnose". One of them is mine...

Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer

by Suzanne on April 12th, 2006


via Vintage Photographs - click image to enlarge

I'll be away chasing the Evil Easter Bunny of Caerbannog with my boy for a couple of days.

Please visit the forum if you feel lonely.

Take care you lot.

FLUFFY EASTER GREETINGS FROM... ¹

Lori Earley


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Ray Caesar


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Mark Ryden


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Kozyndan


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Scott Radke


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K. Louise Judd


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Chip Simons


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Hiroshi Watanabe


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Kathie Olivas


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Kris Chau


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Miss Van


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Chiho Aoshima


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Amy Winfrey


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Angry Alien Productions


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Sarah Brown


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... and...

Laetitia Casta

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¹ Please feel free to add more Easter bunnies and/or lambs in the comments section. Thank you.

Whip it!

by Juju on April 7th, 2006

I have wandered the digital wasteland for many months and I can tell you I've been cold damn cold - but I have found my way back and have brought some dubious gifts...


This is so wrong in so many ways
 


Something I saw on We Make Money Not Art a while back - I suspect that trying something similar now may result in the artists being shot but I could be wrong... This living hell is also worth a look...
 


Things to make here on Wurzeltod - I bought someone some of these for Christmas but via the magic of consumer electronics you can print and make your own.
 

Nice little Fortean article on the dance macabre that is the tarantella (ahhhhh ergot - explanation for so many fun things throughout history lycanthropsy and Salem to name two more). I know the Fortean site makes you register to read the article, I know this is pain... but life is pain and the Fortean site is worth registering with
 



Justin Mullins (this is not some sort of name based nepotism - honest) has some interesting work over here
 


BoingBoing ran a nice little post about a site detailing spectacles throughout the ages - for your convenience and ocular pleasure you can find it here
 

Ummmm Suzanne wants me to write a bit about myself to prove I'm almost real and not just a figment of her fevered imagination... this will be forthcoming and most probably dull...

Addendum:

The rabbit of Caerbannog

A Rather Doubtful Guest

by Suzanne on April 6th, 2006


'Study For a Painting' by Stephen Berkman - click to enlarge

'Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time.
At any given moment the floor may open up.
Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.'

(Edward Gorey, February 25, 1925 - April 15, 2000)

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Bob Carlos Clarke - * 1950, Cork (Ireland) - † 25 March 2006

R.I.P.