Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.


Posted in Audio, Curiosa & Forteana, Eyecandy, Historia & Memoria, Interna, Moving Images by Suzanne on August 22nd, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

© Wurzeltod, 2011

Lots of stuff happening (mainly of the bad and then worse kind). I have been watching lots of Gamecenter CX which I find incredibly therapeutic because it brings back so many childhood memories. I also find AD "Adventure Island 28 Hours Straight So Beautiful I Think I Cried" Urakawa immensely attractive and such a graceful gamer *cough* which might be another reason why I'm watching Arino play really obnoxious vintage games for hours on end. Oh well, we all have our weak spots.

In related old skool gaming news, can someone help Rob, Same Hat & I identify what PC88 / 98 or MSX2 game this screen shot is from. Ta!

Nothing much going on in the arts but it seems that decent exhibition programmes begin again in September, so let me just share some things that got stuck in my Twitter over the past few days.


Doubly sad times for censorship in Australia...

Robert Crumb cancels Australia show after being told he produces "crude and perverted images emanating from what is clearly a sick mind." His answer?

"I have a lot of anxiety about having to confront some angry sexual assault crisis group."

Jan Saudek photo withdrawn after child prostitution claim.
(thanks, Trevor!)

VERY sad times for the fantastic Odd Nerdrum who's been sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion.
(via Samantha Levin)


• Will Wiles for Cabinet Magazine on The Behavioral Sink

"Elsewhere, cannibalism, pansexualism, and violence became endemic. Mouse society had collapsed."

• Mask of a 1970s-era Elvis Presley from Malawi at the Brooklyn Museum

"The painted wood mask, “Elvis” Mask for Nyau Society , was worn by a “secret society” made up of Chewu peoples during ceremonies and rituals."


Substrom made a really nice video for Clark. And by "really nice" I mean "NSFW":

"We knew our ideals were high. The lower we sink, the less we care why." (from Jeopardy by The Sound - cover art by the Stenberg Brothers):

Overtone singing with x-ray image made by the Dept. of Radiology at the CHUV Lausanne (via NotCot):

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6 comments to " BLERGH! "

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    d says:

    i'm ashamed to be australian

    August 23rd, 2011 at 1:21 am

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    peacay says:

    I was *nearly* going to complain that you had used the wrong word with "censorship*. I was wrong.

    There's some pretty twisted recent legal history here. It's twisted -- like so much that purports to be about protecting society against alleged tendrils of paedophilia -- because it takes all this societal ennui and guilt about sexual assault of minors that in 70% or 90% of cases (I forget actual %) is perpetrated by a family member, close relative or close friend of the family and projects it onto deflection points or bogeymen to make it look like something, anything, is being done about the scourge on society. People like Crumb become the target because facing the truth is too hard. It's much easier to blame the "other" or "strangers" or photorgaphers or cartoonists for incitement than it is to see what really happens. It's sad on multiple levels.

    There was more stuff to read about Crumb and the background..




    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:13 am

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    AkaTako says:

    I'm sad to hear things haven't improved yet. You're so lovely and post such great things! Not that I have many to share, but I send you positive thoughts!!

    ..on topic - the art world seems to be getting stranger and more like a puritanical police state. Artists should be allowed to create, people should be allowed to react, and we should all be able to discuss.

    August 23rd, 2011 at 6:02 am

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    Suzanne says:

    @d: Don't be. Read the Melon Farmers' blog and you'll see that it's just as bad in the UK... and probably elsewhere. (._.)

    @peacay: Thanks for those links about the legal state of affairs. I couldn't agree with you more. What saddens me most is the factor that some artistic truths just seem to be too beautiful/ethereal/archaic/subconscious/lucid/fragile for some to understand and bear and how the reaction towards them is often repression and thought control. Repressed and controlled thoughts are the most volatile of all and it actually scares me to think of it.

    @Katie: Awww.. you're so kind. I'm okay - there are a lot of people in this world who are a lot worse off and I consider myself fortunate to have a roof above my head, water and food, so don't worry.

    And I totally agree with your statement. It sounds like such a simple maxim, yet, think about how glorious the world would be if people would act accordingly!

    August 23rd, 2011 at 10:59 pm

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