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Archive for September, 2005

Smaller than your fondest expectations . . .

by Suzanne on September 28th, 2005

Today, Thee Temple ov Psychick Blah proudly presents another intriguing compilation of (more or less) scientific nature-defying curiosities from ye olde days...

Deafness In Disguise

(Model wearing body aid hearing device and leg harness for the batteries - via Hugo)

"In America the users of hearing devices seem to be more inclined to accept the electrically amplified instruments. It is also noticeable that comparatively few use any form of camouflaged trumpets ... "

Radar Men From The Moon

(Image © Internet Archive - via We Make Money Not Art)

12 episodes of Radar Men From the Moon to enjoy for free on Internet Archive.

1930 Fraternal Supply Catalog

(Ferris Wheel Coaster Goat - via We Make Money Not Art)

From 1895 to 1955 DeMoulin Bros. Co. produced paraphernalia, costumes, gag devices, and furniture for lodge organizations and fraternal orders.

In 1930 they issued a Fraternal Supply Catalog No. 439 selling items such as a Ferris Wheel Coaster Goat, trick guns, bird cages, a guillotine, etc.

The London Necropolis Railway

(Damaged London Necropolis train at 121 Westminster Bridge Road - via MetaFilter)

During the first half of the 19th century, London's population more than doubled and the number of London corpses requiring disposal was growing almost as fast. Cemetery space in the city had failed to keep pace with this growth, and so the vast new Brookwood Cemetery - the London Necropolis - was built in Surrey. Brookwood was the largest burial ground in the world when it was opened in 1854 by the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company. To get there, the deceased and their mourners - segregated by class - could catch a train from Westminster. The Necropolis Railway survived until World War 2, when it was heavily damaged.

Sword Swallowers

(Mimi Garneau, ca. 1940 - via We Make Money Not Art)

"One must not hiccup while sword-swallowing..."



by Sizemore on September 28th, 2005

Kaisa Leka is a double amputee who publishes her comic book diary through a Hare Krishna publisher.

I just got through reading I AM NOT THESE FEET which details her decision to have both feet amputated to free her from being dependent on pain medication due to a birth defect.

It's quite a read and illustrated with kooky sub-Disney interpretations of herself and her friends.

It came from Finland via Duncan Juvonen - an English artist living in Finland who recently had a gallery exhibition showcasing his work from the two years he spent out in Ethiopia.

From the Helsingin Sanomat review:

The larger, individual paintings, borrow from street culture and Hip Hop in addition to Abstract Art and Pop Art. They have been painted on hardboard so the surface is 'monotone'. The surface then gives the impression of a wall, upon which a character is reproduced, and the entirety is decorated with graffiti, which renders the surface a 'wall'. This creates a universal urban feeling. In the style of a poster artist or graphic designer, Juvonen has stripped things down to the basics. The end result of the exhibition is not posters but a series of unique works of art.

His art blog is here and you can read his Ethiopian journal here.

We get into a little plane again. As we ascend from Gondor the view down onto the airstrip reveals a severed plane wing lodged into the grass like a knife in a block of butter. I don’t point it out to Anu. We skirt some wild mountainous hills. These are typical of the Ethiopian highlands as they all have these strange flat tops to the hills like when someone cuts the top off of a boiled egg or as if they are all prepared to be used as helicopter pads. We land high in these hills. A spacewagon taxi glides on a flat tarmaced road through foothills of olive coloured slopes spiked with cactus and giant pineapple leaves. The cactus have bright orange flowers on stalks and the yellow ‘enkutatash’ New Year flowers bloom everywhere. There is a fresh Alpine feeling. We start to wind up the mountain passing hundreds of farmers making their way up the steep climb to the Saturday market. A notable product is a stiff dried goatskin with ears and eyeholes and a cloud of flies. A man holds one by the hind legs like it is a machine gun. Donkeys are loaded with rocks which rest in these kind of giant bear traps slung over their backs...

Flickr™ Featr® 008

by Suzanne on September 27th, 2005

In this continuing series, Thee Temple ov Psychick Blah portrays Flickr™ photographers who deserve more attention.

Previously featured photographers with Thee Psychick Stamp ov Approval:

001 - Egenerica

002 - Hans Proppe

003 - Eryn

004 - Las Vegas Sucks

005 - Julia Keller

006 - Katie West

007 - Kate O’Brien

Please use our submission form to suggest a truly outstanding Flickr™ photographer you stumbled upon. Thank you.


Jan XVI from Belgium.

If a "photo-grapher" is verbatim a light painter, then Jan XVI should be referred to as "skia-grapher" - a shadow painter.

His works are so full of magic and subliminal drama that I sometimes get a rather obscure suspicion that Jan XVI is in fact the person responsible for the set designs to Roy Andersson's eerie Sånger från andra våningen and David Lynch's Eraserhead, but that's an entirely different story...

© Jan XVI - click to enlarge

Remember what happened to Bluebeard's wife when curiosity tempted her into the forbidden chamber...

by Suzanne on September 26th, 2005

I finally moved all the old WurzelSite™ content to WordPress. You can find the articles in the ARS, EROTICA & CURIOSA sections.

I'd be very grateful if someone could help me create a simple horizontal CSS dropdown menu, so that the featured articles can be accessed directly within the appropriate section.

I only found terribly complicated online tutorials and I seriously doubt that it can be this complicated... so please leave a comment or send me an email if you know how to do this. Thankies.

Anyway, here's a selection of the articles I added - just in case you haven't read them before:

Maurizio Cattelan's Bidibidobidiboo

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"The Pope is the authority. When I was in Basel to install the piece it took me two days to decide to put my hands on his body. At first it was the Pope standing up in a very large space, and then we decided something else had to be done. It was a joke but then for me it wasn’t a joke; it was very difficult to physically touch the piece."

Read article

Araki Nobuyoshi's Life & Work

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"After Yoko’s death I wanted to photograph nothing but life. However, each time I pressed the trigger, I closed on death, for if you photograph, then you stop time. I want to tell you one thing, and listen well: Photography is murder."

Read article

In Memoria Edward Gorey - Master of the Macabre

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"A lot of my books I've intended for children primarily, but nobody would ever publish them as children's books. I don't know many children. And I don't really remember what it was like being a child. I use children a lot because they're so vulnerable. Children are pathetic and quite frequently not terribly likeable. I don't really know any babies. I've never known any babies."

Read article

Cabinets de Curiosités

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"Learned gentlemen should build a goodly, huge cabinet, wherein whatsoever the hand of man by exquisite art or engine has made rare in stuff, form or motion; whatsoever singularity, chance, and the shuffle of things hath produced; whatsoever Nature has wrought in things that want life and may be kept; shall be sorted and included."

Read article

Horror Vacuus Et Animatus

by Suzanne on September 23rd, 2005

Kristen Wright's tribute to Ryden - click to enlarge (via Lace & Flora)

Inspired by Blue Tea's charming collection of Dark Animation links (thanks for pointing me to her, my dear Bibi!), I came up with a list of my own favourite spookylicious animations, music videos, flash projects & short movies.

I hope that you'll enjoy at least a couple of them.

More links will be added to the list when I stumble upon them. I'll keep the list updated via RSS.

Please don't hesitate to use the submission form if you want to suggest more eerie animations. Thankies!

Have a very scary weekend!


Angry Alien Productions

Ash Tray Mouth

Bitey Castle

Blood Tea and Red String

Conclave Obscurum

Corpse Bride Trailer

Day Off The Dead

Eat Your Peas

Emiliana Torrini - Heartstopper

Emilie Simon - Desert

Emilie Simon - Flowers

Entropy 8 Zuper

Fat Pie Flash Cartoons

Geweldenaren Van Ver

Goth Girl

Gotik Aztéques Trailer

Happy Tree Friends

Hooger Brugge

Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets

Johnny Hollow Riddles

Jojo In The Stars

La Chute de l'Ange

Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch

Lenore Flash Toons

Les Fantasies de Margot

Making Fiends

Mantlepies Animations

Ministry Messiah

My Pet Skeleton

Noise Rover

Not So Simpleton


PBS Mystery! Games

Play With Me

Run Wrake - Rabbit

Rubber Johnny


Scary Dolls


Strindberg & Helium

Suk & Koch Short Films


The Birthday Massacre - Blue

The Cat With Hands

The Freak Show In My Pocket

The Gorey End

The Little Girl Who Was Forgotten By Absolutely Everyone¹

The Periwig-Maker

The Sandman

The Unfortunate Alphabet

Think Road Safety Campaign

Tim Burton's Stain Boy

Tim Burton's Vincent

Toothy Bunny

Tori Amos - A Sorta Fairytale

When Genevieve Ruled The World


¹ (Even The Postman)

Knitted by Dozens of Grannies Out of Pink Wool

by Suzanne on September 22nd, 2005

© Isabel Samaras, who's currently exhibiting her works at the Shooting Gallery in S.F. - click to enlarge


Amy Crehore | Anita Kunz | Candy Killer | Gary Taxali | Gina & Matt | Justin Wood | Mary Emma Hawthorne | Organic Level | Origami Bunny | Scott Scheidly | Serge Seidlitz | Super Deux | Todd Lawson


Madsaki and Jun Takahashi (published by YouWorkForThem) | Manuel Manilla: Monografia (published by YouWorkForThem)


Above interview (by Crown Dozen) | Chris Ware interview (by the BBC Collective) | Jeff Soto interview (by Fecal Face) | Nathan Jurevicius interview (by Crown Dozen) | Sylvia Ji interview (by Fecal Face)


Norwegian Black Metal - Stunning photography project by Peter Beste


© Sean Cheetham

Glenn Ness, Sean Cheetham, Paul Rogers at the Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery in Pasadena, USA.

→ Finissage: October 4, 2005

© Sam Weber

Bedtime Stories - an online exhibition over at Sekushi.com.

→ Featuring: Sam Weber, Az Star, Björn Andersson, Bob Fisher, Robert Hardgrave, et al.

→ Finissage: December 21, 2005

© Stéphane Blanquet

The BLAB! Show at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, USA.

→ Featuring: Stéphane Blanquet, Tim Biskup, Gary Baseman, David Sandlin, Fred Stonehouse, Christian Northeast, Jonathon Rosen, Laura Levine, Spain, Drew Friedman, et al.

→ Vernissage: September 24, 2005 | Finissage: October 8, 2005 | Link: BLAB! anthology archives

© Haunted Memories

The Perfect Medium - Photography and the Occult at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA.

→ Vernissage: September 27, 2005 | Finissage: December 31, 2005

NYT review on the exhibition: Ghosts in the Lens, Tricks in the Darkroom

N.B.: Festival goers shouldn't miss Resfest 2005 in London, Small Press Expo in Bethesda, the World Beard Championships WHY BERLIN! No. 4 in Berlin and Maschinenfest 05 in Krefeld.

Oh, and in other most thrilling artsy news, UbuWeb is back online, the Outré Gallery finally launched its new website and the Italian Colletto Fava mountain just got a tad pinker & fluffier. Weeeee!

And a final note to all Helvetistani readers: Even if you don't care the slightest µ about surrealism, make sure you don't miss this exhibition - featuring a breathtaking motherload of cher monsieur René Magritte's works. Also, the Fondation Beyeler painted the gallery walls in the most enchanting shade of lilac - probably the most flattering colour to exhibit Magritte's works. Reduced admission fees on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Flickr™ Featr® 007

by Suzanne on September 8th, 2005

In this continuing series, Thee Temple ov Psychick Blah portrays Flickr™ photographers who deserve more attention.

Previously featured photographers with Thee Psychick Stamp ov Approval:

001 - Egenerica

002 - Hans Proppe

003 - Eryn

004 - Las Vegas Sucks

005 - Julia Keller

006 - Katie West

Please use our submission form to suggest a truly outstanding Flickr™ photographer you stumbled upon. Thank you.


Kate O'Brien, 25, from Brisbane, Australia.

Time's up, Cindy Sherman.

Step aside - here comes Kate!

Official website

© Kate O'Brien - click to enlarge


I won't be around much until the end of September.

Please visit the redesigned forum in the meantime or peruse the freshly updated Comics and/or Erotica link sections on this website (c.f list in left sidebar)

Highly clickworthy new comics links:

© Le Dernier Cri

Actus Tragicus | Coconino Classics | Drawn! - Inspiration Is Everywhere | Flight - Comics News | Flog! - Fantagraphics Blog | Ho Che Anderson | Le Dernier Cri | Meathaus Comics | United Dead Artists

Highly clickworthy new erotica links:

© Jeffery Scott

Aaron Hawks | Akif Hakan Celebi | Andrew Law | Bill Phelps | Christine Kessler | Disappointed Virginity | Jean Jacques André | Jeffery Scott | Joshua Rubin | Ken-ichi Murata | Lightworship | Mark Sink | Nadya Lev | Pudding | Stephen McClure | White Rabbit Studio

Take care you lot.

See you in a couple of weeks.


Psychick Service Announcement N° 001

by Suzanne on September 7th, 2005

© Suzanne G.

I know, you're sick to the bone of people complaining. Me too.

But I'm even sicker of still being unemployed, of not being able to pay my rent and of being forced to leave this flat & this beautiful city that I love so much by the end of October.

Yes, I'll be crawling moving back to our abandoned family house in Lucerne.

I admit that I feel strange about it - it's almost like travelling back in time and space. Back to memories that you had better left behind you. However, at the moment it's the only thing I can do.

Hopefully, better times will be coming my way one fine day and hey, at least I have two arms and five legs.

I'll just cling to my instinct of survival and to the impressive fact that I once survived camping for 3 days on a Serbian minefield.

Believe me, I'd gladly sweat my soul out and knit 8-fingered gloves for you all, draw unicorns and fairies on toilet paper, record trippy tunes on my imaginary trombone or join the circus with my embalmed armadillo, but alas, there's not a single creative or talented cell in my body.

However, if you like this site or my forum and always wanted to express your love, please adopt me consider buying a cheap 2nd-hand book over here.

New books will be added once I go through my bookshelves. Also, I might start selling a bunch of my dresses, skirts and corsets soon.

I'll let you know.

In the meantime, please feel free to think that I'm just an ungrateful lazy bastard.

Maybe you're right... maybe I should sell my used panties to Japanese business men while they're eating sushi from my cold naked body. Maybe I should donate my liver & uterus and maybe I should steal puppies and resell them in the rainy streets of Moldavia.

Anyway, thanks for reading.

Your humble author,

Suzanne G.

A Moth Delivers Her Message

by Suzanne on September 6th, 2005

© Audrey Kawasaki, who's currently exhibiting her works in a duet show with Lisa Alisa @ 1988 Gallery, L. A.

"[...] All who see you will say that you are the prettiest little human being they ever saw. You will still have the same floating gracefulness of movement, and no dancer will ever tread so lightly; but at every step you take it will feel as if you were treading upon sharp knives, and that the blood must flow. If you will bear all this, I will help you.”

(Excerpt from "The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1836)


© Dave Cooper

• Dave Cooper's Observations on the Soft Underbellies of Mostly Pillowy Girls at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, USA.

Nothing Between Us featuring new works by Heather Culp, Fumi Nakamura, Pamela Henderson, Sylvia Ji & Caitlin Kuhwald at the Subject Matter Gallery in Costa Mesa, USA.

• Kara E. Walker's Song of the South at Redcat Gallery in Los Angeles, USA.

• Barbara Kruger's Twelve at the Tramway Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland.

• Bernd & Hilla Becher's Typologien industrieller Bauten at Museum für Gegenwart im Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Germany.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec - Das graphische Werk at Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Germany.

Harem – Geheimnis des Orients at Kunsthalle Krems in Krems, Germany.


© Scott Musgrove

Fantoche Animation Film Festival in Baden, Switzerland.

→ opens TONIGHT! (I'll be there. Who's with me?)

Gary Baseman & Scott Musgrove at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, USA.

→ opens September 9

• Mark Mothersbaugh's Beautiful Mutants at Roq La Rue in Seattle, USA.

→ opens September 9

• Shepard Fairey's Visual Disobedience at Voice 1156 Gallery in San Diego, USA.

→ opens September 9

Semi-Permanent 05 in NYC, USA.

September 9 - 10

Culture Shock - Art of the New Movement at Pop Art Studios in Miami, USA.

→ opens September 10


© StuntKid

Clandestina #38 | Illustration Mundo | Lisa Falzon | Lizz Lopez | Misprinted Type | Paper Bullet | Refill Mag 05 | Sam Weber | Shift 106 | StuntKid | Tara McPherson | The Royal Magazine - Issue 6 | Wag Mag N° 0 | Yoko Tanaka


© Akinori Oishi

Akinori Oishi Micro Films (via Wmmna) | Hello Kitty Claymation Video (by Saiman Chow) | Lose weight with AIDS (via b3ta) | Neomuet Movies | The Little Girl Who Was Forgotten By Absolutely Everyone (Even The Postman) (by Childrin R Skary) | The Unfortunate Alphabet (by Chris Walker)


Jason Sherry