lunes, 30 de mayo de 2011

The Dark Hedges

miércoles, 25 de mayo de 2011

My Precious Love


Music by Lisa Gerrard
Video by Fool Martyr

lunes, 23 de mayo de 2011

Anthem of Despair


By Neaera

Starting slowly, globally unnoticed, ignored
Plans are made to add another black chapter to history
Condemned to an ocean of shame
A lunacy beyond my empathy
First blood
The beginning
A civil war
The first dead night in Rwanda
A nations' eye is installed
A prophet of peace and justice
His eyes are sharp, but his hands are bound
Hate of the past grew between the two tribes
Soon all hell should rise
"Exterminate!" they shout
(An entire people to be erased???)
The beast in man was unleashed, in ecstasy of blood
(Eight hundred thousand were brutally murdered and slaughtered)
In just a hundred days

miércoles, 18 de mayo de 2011

La Evolución Silenciosa










The Silent Evolution is a exhibition by Jason de Caires Taylor. Consisting of 403 life-size fugures and occupying an area of approximately 420 square meters, The Silent Evolution (La Evolución Silensiosa) besides its aesthetical component has in its purpose to permit the formation of an artificial reef in Cancun, Mexico.

This installation is part of the underwater museum called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) a project founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park, Roberto Diaz of The Cancun Nautical Association and Jason deCaires Taylor, located in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc.
 The underwater sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. 

His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment.
The experience of being underwater is vastly different from that of being on land. There are physical and optical considerations that must be taken into account. 

Objects appear twenty five percent larger underwater, and as a consequence they also appear closer. Colours alter as light is absorbed and reflected at different rates, with the depth of the water affecting this further. 

The light source in water is from the surface, this produces kaleidoscopic effects governed by water movement, currents and turbulence. Water is a malleable medium in which to travel enabling the viewer to become active in their engagement with the work. 

The large number of angles and perspectives from which the sculptures can be viewed increase dramatically the unique experience of encountering the works. 







Night time ads another surprising and unreal element to the sculptures, here are some photos of Taylor's artworks in Grenada, West Indies being taken over by the reef night-life:










Information and Images taken from Jason De Caires Taylor

lunes, 16 de mayo de 2011

Tomhet



Music by Burzum
Words by Antestor



Inn I Sjelens Dype Mørke
Hvor Livet Svinner Hen
Der Tomhet Har Sitt Rike
Og Intet Blir Igjen





domingo, 15 de mayo de 2011

martes, 10 de mayo de 2011

Wasteland

By Chelsea Grin

lunes, 9 de mayo de 2011

Donny Vomit and the Pretty Things Peepshow

Heather Holliday

Pretty Things Productions run THE PRETTY THINGS PEEPSHOW. Go-go Amy is the brains and beauty behind this operation. 


She has spent years performing with countless burlesque, sideshow and vaudeville acts as well as designing costumes and running shows/tours. She has put together the top performers in the world to bring you the best vaudeville show since the talkies were invented!!

 DONNY VOMIT and his trusty nail and hammer are staples of the Coney Island Sideshow By The Seashore, but this mustached modern vagabond has known many a stage, from west coast to east, from homegrown state fairs to burlesque affairs, this fellows' best friend is the gasp of a crowd, and his only foe is a head cold. 'Cause only the nose knows how far he can go, so settle in folks, and lets see where it takes us.

STRANGE FOR HIRE:

Emcee / Hosting







Fire breathing
Human Blockhead
Straight jacket escape
Sword Swallowing

Donny Vomit      
HEATHER HOLLIDAY, a practicing Mormon, was struck twice by lightning as a young girl growing up in Utah.  
While this had a profound effect on her faith, she also discovered she had the ability to absorb tremendous amounts of electricity, which bled off her fingertips, or even her tongue.  As she struggled with her new talent, she performed dangerous electro-pyrotechnic tricks in the seedy Salt Lake City underground club scene to save enough money to enroll in Coney Island USA’s Sideshow School, the only place that could teach her to harness her talents.  Graduating in good standing, Heather now performs her amazing acts on our stage. 
ACTS PERFORMED 







Blade Box* 
Human Blockhead 
Fire Eating 
Sword Swallowing 

Here is a video of Heather talking about the art of sword-swallowing!







LIL' MISS FIREFLY is both 27 years old and 27 inches tall. She’s been performing in sideshows since she was 19, specializing in fire breathing, stripping her way out of a straitjacket, and dancing and rolling on broken glass while wearing very little. She’ll be doing these things as part of thePretty Things Peepshow, at North Star Bar March 9. Before that show, The A.V. Club chatted with the tiny dancer about sideshow culture, and how the hell you start walking on broken glass.









The A.V. Club: How did you get the name Firefly?
Lil’ Miss Firefly: Well, my original stage name was Dragonfly, but a couple performers were pseudo-making fun of me for it. They came up with Firefly for something shorter… Dragonfly was a nickname that my dad gave me when I was a kid.
AVC: When did you first get into the idea of sideshow?




LMF: I found out about sideshow from my history teacher in ninth grade. She gave me this book. I was just fascinated, and I started Google searching. I found Coney Island; I found [legendary sideshow promoter] Ward Hall, but since I lived in Colorado, I couldn’t really go see them. So I looked up a local group, and got introduced to the world.
AVC: What was the first stunt you ever performed onstage?
LMF: Fire breathing.
AVC: How old were you?
LMF: 19.
AVC: It seems like you could have easily gotten sideshow work just based on your height and your comfort with your sexuality, but your act involves a lot of tricks that seem really dangerous, and are certainly a lot of extra work. Why do you do them?
LMF: Well, they’re not tricks, they’re stunts—everything I do is real.
AVC: Oh, sorry—so, why stunts, then?
LMF: I’ve been performing sideshows for almost nine years now, and I knew starting out that I could just be what they call a Tiny Tina, which is where you get paid to be eye candy on the stage—you just stand there and hold the hat. I started as a hat-holder, but from a very young age I’d wanted to be a performer, so I grew and evolved; I taught myself everything I know. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy what I do.
AVC: It seems like you’d get pretty cut up teaching yourself glass walking.
LMF: If you’re playing with glass, you’re going to get cut. No matter what you do to prepare it or yourself, every time you jump and you break a piece, that’s a fresh edge. I haven’t bled on this tour yet, but it will happen. [Laughs.]
AVC: What kind of offstage physical preparation do you do for your act? Do you toughen up your feet? How do you stay limber enough to get out of a straitjacket?




LMF: Well, I stretch before every show—to be honest, the straitjacket act is the hardest one to do; it’s a lot more physical than anything else. And I don’t have calluses! You come to the show, I’ll let you feel the bottoms of my feet—they’re baby-soft!
You wrote a very strongly worded response to a woman who wrote on [popular disability forum] Disaboom about a show you were in—I’ll read a bit what she wrote here:






Heather Holliday
Sorry, folks using disability (a little person, a woman without legs doing karate chops on cement blocks among others) is not celebrating their differences, but using their differences as exploitation. It made me sick to my stomach. Years ago, freak shows were horrible examples of using people with disabilities. Yes, it was employment, but the worst kind of exploitation. …
We’re not in the 1930s. This wasn’t satire. This is 2008, and we will not stand still for these type[s] of misinformed manipulation of people with disabilities. The young lady dancer who is a little person is attractive and could probably find her way to legitimate acting jobs. … How sad, that the folks who run [the theater] felt it was okay to showcase such a demeaning, degrading form of entertainment. 

LMF: Yeah, I remember that—the thing that got to me was at the very, very end. She didn’t even see the show; she didn’t talk to me or [performer, who has one leg] Jackie The Human Tripod. 
She’s telling us that we should be movie stars or something, and—I’ve tried. I recently auditioned forWater For Elephants, and I didn’t get it; they cut out the sideshow part. I’ve auditioned for television and movies and haven’t gotten them, because I don’t have the right looks for the part.

Plus, the fact that the woman didn’t even talk to me to see that I wasn’t being held against my will to do this stuff—like, I’m not kept in a cage.
AVC: She didn’t seem to give you credit for much agency.
LMF: You know, back in the 1930s when sideshows were at their peak, freak performers, human oddities like myself, we were being kicked out of our parents’ houses because they were ashamed of us. I know Poobah [Pete Terhune, a.k.a. “Poobah The Fire-Eating Pygmy,” who has worked in sideshow for most of his 80-odd years] who works for World Of Wonders; he was kept in his room by his family, because they didn’t want people knowing they had a deformed child.
Ward Hall offered him a job. No one else wanted him. In those times, it was sometimes the only way people like us could make money, and not be put in a psych ward or an institution.
So that woman who wrote that had no idea what she was talking about, and that’s what got me mad. And I’m part Irish, part Mexican—I get pissed. I get my temper from my grandmother.


Images and Info from Sources 1 2 3

sábado, 7 de mayo de 2011

Geek Love

tattooed lady circa 1920
I can't really describe Katherine Dunn’s novel, Geek Love, it is a just farking brilliant book with a quiet, creeping horror that grips you! It's one of those books you just can't tear yourself away from. In the story, the Binewskis, a couple that works in a freak show, deliberately give birth to freaks, so their children will always have jobs. This weird, funny and original piece of work follows the lives of the characters exploring the inner-working of our minds and our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene.


 Katherine Dunn  is a natural story-teller who grew up in a migrant blue-collar family in the West. Her prose is frequently pure poetry and every sentence is written with a natural grace and ease. 

She has never had any formal training, but she knew from her childhood that she would one day become a writer. Once successful, she feared her lack of training would come back to haunt her because she believed she lacked the variety and flexibility of most writers. But, she continues to have a fan-base especially for her column on boxing in the local alternative paper in Portland, Oregon, where she now lives and works.Her interest in DNA and genetic manipulation came together in her novel, Geek Love. 

From Publishers Weekly, "This audacious, mesmerizing novel should carry a warning: "Reader Beware." Those entering the world of carnival freaks described by narrator Olympia Binewski, a bald, humpbacked albino dwarf, will find no escape from a story at once engrossing and repellent, funny and terrifying, unreal and true to human nature. Dunn's vivid, energetic prose, her soaring imagination and assured narrative skill fuse to produce an unforgettable tale. The premise is bizarre. Art and Lily, owners of Binewski's Fabulon, a traveling carnival, decide to breed their own freak show by creating genetically altered children through the use of experimental drugs. "What greater gift could you offer your children than an inherent ability to earn a living just by being themselves?" muses Lily. This raw, shocking view of the human condition, a glimpse of the tormented people who live on the fringe, makes readers confront the dark, mad elements in every society."

I highly recommend Geek Love, its an unforgettable read, you can purchase it here 

jueves, 5 de mayo de 2011

Theater Thierry Rondeux





Old and abandoned Belgian theater and stage props left behind.


"The Sad Lady"










Music by Wolves in the Throne Room