Survival Suits, cyborgs and art for our dangerous times
March 15, 2003 7:36 AM   Subscribe

Survival System Train & Other Sculpture - "atomic-powered cyborgs, quasi-animate freight trains, and other absurd and fabulous contraptions populate the universe of Kenji Yanobe. Welcome to the world of the future-past, the unkempt aftermath of Better Living Through Science."
posted by madamjujujive (7 comments total)
I wish I was a conceptual artist.

/searches bin for soup cans
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:39 AM on March 15, 2003

Cool. Maybe Kenji can do battle with the Bear Suit
posted by stbalbach at 8:01 AM on March 15, 2003

I saw this guy's opening in Berkeley. He has taken some *in-freaking-credible* photos of Chernobyl, wearing one of his "survival suits" (which, no, didn't protect him from the radiation, but had geiger counters all over it, which, yes, were going crazy.)

It's really beautiful work to look at -- the craft that goes into these suits and vehicles is unbelievable.

i highly recommend going to see one of his shows if there is anything near you.
posted by fishfucker at 1:13 PM on March 15, 2003

For when you desperately need to flee the apocalypse, but not too fast, and without sacrificing style -- Yanobe's Survival Racing Car Type: Dr. O Ochanomizu. Dashing out to the barren wilderness, or just poking through the rubble, Yanobe is your number one choice for radiation blocking clothes and accessories!

Googling around, I often saw Mariko Mori mentioned in association with Yanobe. Her futurist aesthetic is a little more... upbeat. I liked Birth of a Star for the sheer bubblegum.
posted by eddydamascene at 1:19 PM on March 15, 2003

I found this shot of Yanobe in a Chernobyl nursery school (via this interview). Good stuff, madam.
posted by eddydamascene at 4:47 PM on March 15, 2003

Great links. Thanks, Mjjj!
posted by hama7 at 9:25 PM on March 15, 2003

wow, eddydamascene - you really dug up some cool stuff, and just the stuff fishfucker was referencing...very cool, thanks for taking the time to track it down...I found another article with some photos of different works too. I will have to keep my eye out for any traveling exhibits of his work.

stbalbach, I forgot about the bear suit guy! Interesting to hear that he continues in his obsession and quest - thanks for the update!
posted by madamjujujive at 9:52 PM on March 15, 2003

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