Are Satanic messages hidden in Catholic art?
According to the new documentary Rape of the Soul
[embedded Quicktime], the answer is, "so completely yes that you could shit." Featuring such experts as Wilson Bryan Key
and Judith Reisman
, this movie will literally, physically blow your brain apart by cutting little holes in classic art that might conceivably look like three sixes if you arrange them properly, or maybe finding a small patch of red and black that could look like a lumpy Devil head if you're looking for one and squinting. [via
posted by Sticherbeast
on Mar 28, 2006 -
The tradition of making Japanese dolls
, called ningyo—meaning human figure—goes back as far as 10,000 years to clay figures made during the Jomon period. The more recent rise in popularity, though, is most often traced to Hina Matsuri
--Girls' Day, or the Doll Festival, celebrated on March 3--originating during the Edo period. These antique ningyo
are highly sought after by collectors
, such as the American expert Alan Pate
, who has written a number of articles
on the subject. The modern Japanese doll culture, however, is anything but traditional. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the ningyo tradition was exported to make toys for the West
on MeFi), and has culminated in popular Barbie-type dolls such as Superdollfie
. Contemporary artists have transformed the Japanese doll tradition into something else entirely: Simon Yotsuya
, Ryo Yoshida
, Yoko Ueno
, Mario A.
, Etsuko Miura
, and Kai Akemi.
A number of these artists were featured in the Dolls of Innocence
exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Of course, notable artists outside Japan have worked with dolls before, including Hans Bellmer
, who inspired much of the artwork in Innocence
, the follow-up to Ghost in the Shell. Explore more:     
. [Several links are nsfw.]
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Mar 24, 2006 -
A Dweller in Mesopotamia.
Donald Maxwell was Official Artist to the Admiralty during World War I, and the end of the war found him in what was then called Mesopotamia (now Iraq); he compiled the sketches and paintings he did there into a book which Project Gutenberg has put online. I'm posting it for the frequently beautiful images, but the text is interesting too. He says Baghdad and Basra don't live up to the Westerner's romantic preconceptions ("The first general impression of Basra is that of an unending series of quays along a river not unlike the Thames at Tilbury"), but he also describes age-old scenes that are now gone for good. (Via wood s lot
, one of the few sites I visit every day.)
posted by languagehat
on Mar 24, 2006 -
He has cavorted naked with Charlotte Rampling [this is VERY NSFW]
and covered himself in caviar for Marc Jacobs
, but Jürgen Teller
thinks "fashion is a wank".
Teller's first solo show in Paris is entitled "Nurnberg"
, it consists of a sequence of images (annoying Flash site, sorry)
taken at the infamous Zeppelintribune
parade ground, site of Nazi propaganda rallies
, which was designed by Hitler's favourite builder, Albert Speer. Over several months, Teller (.pdf)
has photographed the monument, the podium and the steep, ruthless steps, all of which have been left to decay. Or not. "It wasn't really maintained, but if there was a broken step, or a smashed wall, it would be mysteriously replaced with a new one." Teller's photographs show the delicate weeds, flowers and lichen [NSFW]
that have grown up around the stone blocks. "In Germany, there is a saying about letting the grass grow over things, meaning that events will eventually be forgotten".
posted by matteo
on Mar 22, 2006 -
Self-portrait: A portrait an artist makes using himself or herself as its subject, typically drawn or painted from a reflection in a mirror.
There are many famous painted self portraits,
but now that everyone has a digital camera, more and more photographic self portaits are popping up everywhere
. Whether you think of it as vanity
, or just art, it is hard to deny that there are a lot of interesting
shots out there. Sure, there are plenty of arm
angles, but there is also work being done with black and white
, and, of course
. Even photoshop
is used sometimes
. People are still speculating
on what exactly all these pictures mean, but I think it is clear that from totally innocent
to intensely personal
, self portraits are here to stay.
posted by nuclear_soup
on Mar 20, 2006 -
2-inch books (flash)
is a delightful exhibit of tiny hand-crafted books. The 2005 winners (pdf)
of the Miniature Book Society's annual competition offers a sampling of little books that have been published. Tiny tomes have been delighting readers and collectors for 4,000 years
. If these tiny treasures intrigue you, perhaps you'd like to collect your own vintage
posted by madamjujujive
on Mar 18, 2006 -
, former mining engineer, Godfather to Mad Magazine’s “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” cartoonist
for Boob McNutt and Mike & Ike (they look alike), is best known for the now eponymous machines
he started cartooning back in 1914 such as: how to not forget to mail a letter
. Or the reminder to take out the garbage.
Or the local government efficiency machine.
Or the oversleeping cure.
Or the German webserver wakeup device
(it’s got sound).
There are amateurs
making ‘Rube Goldberg machines,’ but there are also serious contests
, sponsored by serious engineers
. (There are even do it yourself plans
- y’know, for kids).
Goldberg’s influence can be seen in a variety
, but by the time he turned 80 he’d tired of cartooning and decided to begin sculpting. Needless to say he excelled and of course, influenced humorous
posted by Smedleyman
on Mar 15, 2006 -
: Anatomical Basis of Facial Expression Learning Tool. See how all the different muscles in your face work. Flash interface; via Drawn!
posted by Gator
on Mar 15, 2006 -
The Vinyl Enthusiast. The Poet. The Dinner Guest. The Bass Player. The Showman. The Search Party. The Grandfather. The Tourist. ... The Regulars.
posted by dobbs
on Mar 14, 2006 -
The Site of Reversible Destiny
is an "experience park" conceived on the theme of encountering the unexpected. By guiding visitors through various unexpected experiences as they walk through its component areas, the Site offers them opportunities to rethink their physical and spiritual orientation to the world. [via
posted by dhruva
on Mar 13, 2006 -
I have come across “London website of the week” on TimeOut magazine. I really like the idea of writer Sukhdev Sandhu hanging out with London nightworkers and writing up a journal.
I’ve always felt fascinated about what is going on in the city at night, whilst (almost) everybody is sleeping. We should be able to find out as journal unfolds …
Great recognition to people who work at night in order to keep the city going, and we often forget about …
posted by Brainstormer
on Mar 9, 2006 -
Mention nude art, get suspended.
25-year veteran art teacher Pete Panse recommended several ways for his ninth grade advanced art students to improve their skills, one of which included nude life figure drawing sessions at other art schools. For this, the Middletown, NY School District Board of Education suspended him, pending hearings in which he may be fired. They'll be after our bathroom mirrors next. [via DC Art News]
posted by brownpau
on Mar 9, 2006 -
has an ongoing collection of high-quality full screen Quicktime VR panoramas of European cities, focusing on famous artistic and cultural landmarks (in Rome
), with interactive maps and travel information. A collaboration with national tourist offices by Swiss company Vrway Communication
, which also publishes Vrmag
, a bi-monthly review of panorama photography, and the FullscreenQTVR
directory in collaboration with the well-known panoramas.dk (previously mentioned on metafilter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
posted by funambulist
on Mar 6, 2006 -
is an intriguing and rather pretty website detailing contributions of a thousand years. Make sure to see the timeline
sections. Their new "weblog
" seems to be shaping up to be interesting too, have a rummage.
posted by Mossy
on Mar 6, 2006 -