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Nostivity

Posted in Beaux Arts, Curiosa & Forteana by Juju on December 19th, 2006 | BBC Wikipedia

Season's greetings Wurlzetodlians - by which I of course mean happy winter. It's been a while since I posted but I'm happy to say that I can bring you items of news, religion, science, mystery, art and hilarity

News

I visited Copenhagen (or Kobenhavn if you prefer, yeah with the o I can't do) last month in October, something I've been wanting to do for a while and made more likely by the event of my brother moving there. Whilst there I met up with Wurzelforum denizen adamPadam, very pleasant chap who bought me a beer or two and recommended The Danish Jewish Museum a great space where I felt the most wasted I've ever felt without the use of some stimulant or other... the angles really had an interesting effect on me. There are perhaps some better photos here. I've got some photos of my visit up on Flickr but sadly none of the museum (camera's banned and lack of a flash even if I'd managed to sneak it in).

Religion

Suffer not a witch to live - in scenes reminiscent of medieval witchhunts, Catholic pilgrims in Glastonbury have attacked pagans and threatened to “cleanse” them from the town. More

Science

In our continual quest to resolve the worlds of art and science, we'd like to present some clear cases of convergence...

Now that Manmelter 3600ZX - Sub-Atomic Disintegrator Pistol is a thing of beauty, there are more things of beauty here. On sale next year apparently, I might just start saving my pennies now.

Rayguns found via MerryDeath

Art meets behavioural science... ...meets water

More at we make money not art or the Stuhltrager site

Laura Splan - exploring the perception of beauty and horror, comfort and discomfort using anatomical and medical imagery.

Mystery

The Voynich manuscript is a mysterious illustrated book with incomprehensible contents... sounds like lots of books but this one is perhaps more interesting...

http://www.voynich.nu/
http://www.voynich.net/
http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/voynich.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript

Art

I wish my wife town was this dirty. UK residents (and beyond for all I know) might be familiar with the hilarious series of "jokes" scrawled on dirty cars, windows and whatever other objects accumulate layers of filth (the Wurzelforums?)... well I suppose this is a little similar only good. Art created by "selectively scraping off layers of black soot deposited on those walls in the short life of this orifice of modernity."

More Text / or Images

Endre Tveitan - producer of admirable video work
Simon Norfolk - Forensic Traces of War
Jens Liebchen - L07 stereotypes of war

Hilarity

Ragnarok is nigh! Well... quite close and more of a puppet show than the real thing... January should see me and others make arses of ourselves playing with shadow puppets at Fimbulvetr. Unless of course we bottle it have technical difficulties. If you are anywhere around the Edinburgh area on the 26th, drop by and say hello.

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6 comments to " Nostivity "

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    Suzanne says:

    Wow. The museum's architecture is totally mind-bending. I want Libeskind to build this world the new Tower of Babelâ„¢.

    Oh, and thanks for that very inspiring link to Alexandre Orion's work. The surreality of the police removing an artwork that only exists in its immateriality, is extreme (and sad...).

    Also, your photos just keep getting more and more captivating. Do you have a new camera?

    December 19th, 2006 at 7:57 pm

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    Thomas Anderson says:

    I love that gun. I've been pining for it foe a while

    December 20th, 2006 at 5:18 am

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    Juju says:

    My balance was all over the place in the museum, I've never had such a physical impact from just the surroundings... it's left quite an impression.

    Thanks for the kind words about my photos Suzanne, I've not got a new camera but I have been using my old one a bit more than I was - still need to buy a scanner though.

    Thomas - yeah all three of the guns they have are very high on my covet list but the Manmelter is higher than the others :)

    December 20th, 2006 at 11:49 am

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    Suzanne says:

    Oh, I see... are these all analog photos then? o_O

    December 23rd, 2006 at 8:17 pm

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    Juju says:

    They were taken on film yeah, but I got a CD when I got them developed (it's some mad C41 process black and white film and I don't trust myself to develop colour). So... they've been manipulated a little in Photoshop.

    December 23rd, 2006 at 11:04 pm

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    Suzanne G. - Giving Taste A Bad Name Since Kindergarten says:

    [...] Nostivity [...]

    December 24th, 2006 at 3:39 pm

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