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Und ein weißes Tier bricht nieder...

Posted in Interna, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on November 9th, 2005 | BBC Wikipedia

© Eric Reddad-Jordy at Gisela Spiegelburg - click to enlarge

It's been a while since my last post... my absence from the shiny blogosphère had (and has) various reasons¹:

i) I don't have an interweb connection due to administrative, technical and financial difficulties.

ii) The winter term of the uni has started and now that the University of Basel has adapted its courses to the ever-so glorious international BA system, there's much more coursework to do - above all when you're as stupid insatiable as me and choose to study 3 subjects instead of only 1.

iii) I've been quarantined at Basel's influenza clinic due to a suspected H5 N1 infection that turned out to be nothing but a harmless variant of the West Nile virus.

iv) My embalmed baby armadillo suffered from an acute case of homesickness and I had to escort it back to the Rio Grande where it's now looking for its real parents.

However, I skipped my lecture found a short and quiet momentum to write you these few words live from my beloved medieval library here in Basel.

As a matter of fact, they just switched off all the lights and locked the doors. o_O

Maybe my lifelong dream of being locked in a library overnight might finally come true. Weeeeeee!

Anyhow, I'll leave you now with some randomly picked carefully selected Taxidermy & Curiosa links. Please also read A Case of Taxidermy - one of my older posts full of yummy taxidermy art links.


Trish Carney: How do you apologize?

"The photographs are of animals found dead; the majority is of road-killed animals that I encountered on a two-mile stretch of road near where I used to live. "

→ If you like Carney's work, you might also enjoy:

Nathalia Edenmont's ungodly beasts | Debbie Carlos' Human Nature series | Jeanie M.'s Mouse Angel project | Gordon Wilding's fierce & enchanting creatures | Afke Golsteijn's taxidermy artworks | Nigel Grimmer's rather grotesque Road Kill Family Album | The Liquid Fish gallery | T.S.R.'s A Case of Curiosities | The Paxton Gate Store | ... and of course my own article on Cabinets de curiosités.

Pieter Hugo: The Hyena People of Nigeria

"These photographs are the result of ten-day journey he undertook with a group of travelling minstrels and their entourage of animals: three hyenas, two pythons and four monkeys."

Walton Ford: Political Humor & Colonial Critique

"Blending depictions of natural history with political commentary, Ford’s meticulous paintings satirize the history of colonialism and the continuing impact of slavery and other forms of political oppression on today’s social and environmental landscape. Each painting is as much a tutorial in flora and fauna as it is as a scathing indictment of the wrongs committed by nineteenth-century industrialists or, locating the work in the present, contemporary American consumer society."

19th Century Images of Albinism

"The phenomen of trading in images of unusual people seemed much more common in America than elsewhere in the world and examples of photographs of albinos who publically exhibited themselves from other countries are exceedingly rare. This site shows a variety of American images which date from the 1870s - 1890s."

→ Previously featured here - for further reading: Albino Animals (by MessyBeast)

A Social History of Conjoined Twins

"One of the earliest documented cases of conjoined twins are Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst, also known as the Biddenden Maids. Born in 1100, the sisters lived for 34 years in Biddenden, County of Kent, England. Mary and Eliza, though often depicted as joined at the hip and shoulders, were likely pygopagus twins who were joined at the buttocks and lower backs. After the death of one sister, doctors hoped to save the life of the other by separating them surgically. The surviving twin refused, declaring, 'As we came together, we will go together.'"

→ Please also visit James G. Mundie's beautiful Conjoined Twins gallery as well as Ratt's Freak Show which have both been featured here previously.

In other beautifully disfigured and anatomically disformed news, Philadelphia's Mütter Museum has recently been expanded and Wurzeltod™ favourite Jessica Joslin has added new fluffy (and not so fluffy) creatures to her most enchanting Wunderkammer.

And now, all the best to you and your imaginary and/or embalmed friends!

See you when I'm back from England.


¹ The following list contains at least 12.3% of blatant lies.

Links via Hugo, The Honky Foundation, Thumbmonkey & The Secret Wurzel™ Link Library.

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5 comments to " Und ein weißes Tier bricht nieder... "

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    shane says:

    Those photos from Pieter Hugo of the hyena people got a full spread in the new issue of Mass Appeal (the one with Ghostface and Doom on the cover), most definately an issue worth getting. I love those shots! Have you seen my holder page for my portfolio? http://gsb.crowndozen.com

    And Miss S, we opened the forums over at Crown Dozen, you should drop by and help me get it interesting.... Please :)

    It's the least you can do since I can't coerce you into writing for us!!!! :)

    November 10th, 2005 at 7:52 am

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    Juju says:

    Nice to see you posting again Miss Tod, I hope your library wish came true :)

    November 10th, 2005 at 12:20 pm

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    Thiago says:

    You know, I do live in Rio Grande. Or, more specifically, in Rio Grande do Sul. But never saw an armadillo, not even an embalmed baby one. Maybe me and them don't go to the same places...
    Oh, and I got locked inside a public librarian once, an old and dark one, but then the local watchman found me, and I’d have to leave. Sigh…
    But I can tell you this: walking around inside a completely dark library, without a single light, and with only the sound of your own footsteps making you company, is a delightfully eerie experience.

    November 11th, 2005 at 1:55 pm

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    peacay says:

    I heard that the hyena story is at least 77.8% bullshit. I haven't looked on snopes but when it was on metafilter there was a lot of talk about how it was really reallllllly unlikely.

    Hope you survive the hyperstudy ma'am (and UK).

    Just droppd in to leave a link, if you haven't seen it - for some reason some of the images reminded me of psychick blah...

    There seems to be a truckload of visual twistedness in there - I've only checked a couple so far.


    November 12th, 2005 at 7:08 pm

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    Bibi says:

    Ah... now I read the reasons. Please, take care, ok? We can search your archives for a while, until you have more time. :)

    November 19th, 2005 at 9:54 am

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