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Archive for January, 2005

Just Another Manic Monday

by Suzanne G. on January 31st, 2005


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© Ray Caesar - click to enlarge

Splendid news from our beloved Ray Caesar:

Ray (entre autres) will be featuring his artworks at the grand & glorieux Pop Pluralism opening of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC this Saturday, February 5, 2005.

Also in New York, Bill Viola's beautiful Five Angels for the Millennium exhibition is still running at the Whitney Museum of American Art (@ Mildred and Herbert Lee Galleries, Floor 2).

Five Angels for the Millennium was acquired in 2002 in a unique three-way partnership with the Whitney, the Tate in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, marking the first international shared museum purchase of a major contemporary work.

Finissage is on March 6, 2005.

→ Background information on 5angels.net
Bill Viola's HQ

In Minneapolis, Naoto Hattori, Ryan Kelly & Chris Ryniak will be presenting some of their latest works at the OX-OP Gallery - starting February 5, 2005.

Meanwhile in Seattle, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley is inviting to the vernissage of her SOMNIUM exhibition at the Bluebottle Art Gallery this Saturday, February 5, 2005.



© Joseph Beuys - click to enlarge

Today's NYT featured a surprisingly good article on the life and work of German Dada artist Joseph Beuys.

It's definitely worth reading.



So you wanna live in picturesque Switzerland then?? Think twice.

Or at least make sure you improve your avalanche freeing techniques...

And this is, if at all, only funny for German readers:

Bela B. and Franka Potente for a PETA campaign



S.W.O.T.D. AWARDS 2005

Today's Stupid Website of the Day award goes to:

The International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Dyslexic Newborn Gerbils




Faithful readers will of course remember our recent announcement of the Alan Moore interview on BBC Radio 4.

I'm very glad to inform you that Comic Book Resources finally put the full interview transcript for your amusement and enlightenment online.

Oh, and if you still don't know what to buy me for my birthday, why don't you go and have a look at Chad Michael Ward's poster site?! ;)

© Chad Michael Ward - click to enlarge

And finally... someone with whom I shared some of the most precious years of my life, is gonna leave Switzerland for Berlin later today.
Take care, dear J.
You'll be missed.

Haunted Memories

by Suzanne G. on January 28th, 2005

© Haunted Memories & Suzanne

After almost a year, I revisited Haunted Memories and I saw - to my great joy - that they added some new hideously frightening creatures and macabre apparitions to their spooky range of morphing Victorian portraits.

Meanwhile, gozblau.com hasn't even been launched yet, but already looks (and sounds!) utterly promising. We'll keep you posted!

Oh, and Eugene - The Marvelous Crooning Child - is singing again!

→ P.S.: Make sure to listen to his version of "Hey Jude"! :)



Carnets de digestion

"Since the beginning of 2001, I draw in small notebooks 11 cm X 15 cm (approximately), always with a ball point pen, always on same paper, always in black. I contrained myself never to tear a page off, what is done... is done. I put the date at the beginning and the end of each notebook. Each day (or almost) I spend one hour or two drawing in these notebooks. At this day, I made approximately 450 pages distributed in 12 notebooks."

(via Aeiou blog)



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Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project

A database of some of the most influential and important American cookbooks from the 19th and early 20th century compiled by The Michigan State University Library and the MSU Museum.

(via Life In The Present)



For some strange reason, seeing the collaged beauty of this google image search made me feel sweetly proud of myself.

And finally, I proudly present Herr Gürteltier, our dead, stiff and stuffed armadillo, photographed as he was reading the brilliant Accidental Taxidermist by Scott Musgrove.

Mr Armadillo - R.I.P. 2002
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Nite nite, Herr Gürteltier! :)

Curiouser and Curiouser

by Juju on January 27th, 2005

© Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev

Today (27th Jan) is the birthday of Lewis Carrol, so happy birthday Mr Dodgson

Do you blog? Share in the absurdity...

More of a lurker? Eat me!

Not sure what you are? Quite frankly neither are we! Drink Me!

Oh and a very merry unbirthday to the rest of us!

Apologies for the starry eyed Wurzeltodian retrospective on some of these items, but we thought we'd cop out like a dodgy US sitcom and re-run some old episodes to save on costs re-introduce them as they were so good the first time.

Architecture of Density

by Juju on January 27th, 2005

One of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world, Hong Kong has an overall density of nearly 6,700 people per square kilometer. The majority of its citizens live in flats in high-rise buildings. In Architecture of Density, Wolf investigates these vibrant city blocks, finding a mesmerizing abstraction in the buildings' facades.

Michael Wolf

Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions

The gentlemanly art of fighting with sticks

Comics and other eye glue candy

by Suzanne G. on January 26th, 2005

© Suzanne G.

Dorthin - will ich; und ich traue
Mir fortan und meinem Griff.
Offen liegt das Meer, in's Blaue
Treibt mein Genueser Schiff.
Alles glänzt mir neu und neuer,
Mittag schläft auf Raum und Zeit -:
Nur dein Auge - ungeheuer
Blickt mich's an, Unendlichkeit!

("Nach neuen Meeren" von Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900)



It's comics heaven in France again!

The 32nd edition of Angoulême International Comics Festival will start tomorrow in Angoulême, which is situated about 28 miles from Cognac.

Mmmmm... cognac...


Dave Cooper
• The ever amazing Mix et Remix
Claire Wendling
Blake et Mortimer

... and many, many others...



Tired of only seeing a fifth of the world due to your Asiatic facial characteristics?!

Then try this fantastic make-up glue - it's new, it's sticky and it fucking hurts it's totally safe! :)



While we're all high & dry here, Mr Walsh is blogging from the High Seas again.

He also kindly informs us that Alan Moore will be interviewed by the comedian Stewart Lee for a new talk show series on BBC Radio 4 called Chain Reaction.

The show will air tomorrow, 27th January 2005, at 6.30PM on BBC Radio 4.

You can hear it for seven days after broadcast in the archives.

Thanks, Dave.

Day Off The Dead

by Juju on January 25th, 2005

Day Off The Dead
Ever wondered what the non living do on their day off? I know I have frequently and with feverish intensity.

Press here if you want to know more
If you doubt the authenticity of that film, shame on you, you can always ask them yourself.

Dresden Dolls - Perfect Fit
a really nice video with puppets! Oh yes Juju likes puppets, yes indeed puppets.

Press here if you want to know more

1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA

by Suzanne G. on January 24th, 2005

© John Currin - click on images to enlarge

If you're reading these lines today, I'm deeply sorry for you. You should have rather stayed in bed...

And you obviously too, Mr Sheep! :)



Pip's 2348707614813487 (successful) attempt to break my weakened old heart...

© Pip - click to enlarge



© Araki - click to enlarge

"I wish I was a god with 1000 arms."

- Araki Nobuyoshi

Well, as this trailer proves once more, he is a god with 1000 arms...



Yup, the 40th (sic!) edition of the Solothurner Filmtage - probably the most influential film festival in Switzerland - has started today.

My brother's latest short movie Fledermäuse im Bauch won this year's jury prize for "Best Short Movie" and it will be featured tomorrow and on Saturday.

More details on the film festival

Watch complete movie online
(N.B.: For high-speed connections only!)



Han & Chewie!

(Compiled by the ingenious Walter Newton.)



Endless thanks to Mike for pointing me in the direction of these adorably surreal and sweetly apocalyptic Hieronymus Bosch action figures.

A is for apple anatomy

by Juju on January 24th, 2005

Channel 4 (UK) continues their quest to enlighten with...

Anatomy For Beginners

Gunther von Hagens will be dissecting real human corpses in front of a live studio audience (again!)... as if to make the point that he isn’t really just a slightly scary bloke with a love of dead bodies and the media, von Hagens will also use live naked models, photos and corpses preserved by plastination to make his point. So some gratuitous nudity as well...

Plans are also afoot for

Dust to Dust
breaking another television taboo by conducting a detailed examination of human decomposition.

The doctors and nurses ov doom are impatient!

Historical perspectives
Dream Anatomy
Historical Anatomies

The Body Electric

by Michelle on January 22nd, 2005

© Jean-François Lepage
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whisper of yellow globes
gleaming on lamp-posts that sway
like bootleg licker drinkers in the fog

and let your breath be moist against me
like bright beads on yellow globes

telephone the power-house
that the main wires are insulate

(her words play softly up and down
dewy corridors of billboards)

then with your tongue remove the tape
and press your lips to mine
till they are incandescent

(Jean Toomer, "Her Lips Are Copper Wire")


The trailer for Tim Burton's new stop-motion feature The Corpse Bride has been released! Visit the official site to view it.

In other droolworthy movie news: here, at last, is a peek at the upcoming Brothers Quay film The Piano Teacher of Earthquakes—scroll to the bottom of the page for a selection of high-quality production stills. (Thank you, murdermystery.)

Also, take a look at these photos, featuring Monica Bellucci looking sumptuous in her role as Queen Mirror, from the filming of Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm (to be released in November).

Oh children, we have ever so much eye candy to look forward to this year...

Pin in my Nightie

by Suzanne G. on January 22nd, 2005

© Rozi Demant - via BabyArt
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Ship of Fools writes:

Today is St Agnes Day, patron saint of chastity. She died a martyr, c.300, at the age of 13, having rejected all suitors. If, young ladies, you stuck a pin in your nightie last night while saying the Lord's Prayer in Latin, and went to bed without any supper, you will have dreamed of the man you are to marry.

And now guess who dreamt of Johnny The Homicidal Maniac (again) last night?!? o_O



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Sometimes I wonder what fairy tale characters would look like if they could age.

... and I think I just found Madame Red Riding Hood...

Other things that made me daydream today:

Mustard Gas Party - Photographic Essays of Modern Ruins



Today, Andrew Bell's Creatures in my Head project is entering into its 4th year.

He has created over a thousand creatures that can be seen over here.



(via DarkVictoria)

So maybe, in the end, Mark Ryden knew the truth right from the beginning...

→ Download Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865 by Abraham Lincoln



Erowid collected more than 75 neatly designed black market LSD blotter papers and scanned them in for you prior to consumption.



As a celebration of my website's 2nd anniversary this Sunday (... I could hardly believe it either...), I am holding a contest to win one of the art & design books that I'm currently selling. The winner can of course choose which book he/she wants.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is photoshop, animate, pixelize, caricaturize etc. one of my portraits (or the ones over at Flickr).

(Yep, I'm narcisstic like that!).

The winning image will be displayed here on the blog as well as on my website.

Please email me your images until January 31, 2005.

Good luck! :)

Today's special mention goes to Magic Zyks' gorgeous wife, muse and model Aimée who wrote the 100th entry in my guestbook. Congrats!

Oh, and guess who has a spiffy new favicon?! Lala...

And now, let's disco dance! o_O