Hippies and a Ouija Board, 2003

Hippies and  a Ouija Board, 2003
“Hippies And A Ouija Board (Everyone Needs To Cling To Something)”, 2003-2004
Suitcase: cast and carved dehydrated bone calcium and bone dust from every bone in the body, microcrystalline cellulose, cold cast iron and brass, rust, antique syringe, crushed velvet, leather, thread, water extendable resin, typeset
Bottles, medicines and Ouija board: cast and carved dehydrated bone calcium and bone dust from every bone in the body, typeset, homebrewed moonshine (potato derived alcohol), wine health tonics (water, sugar, fermented black cherries, yeast, gelatin, tartaric acid, pectinase, sulfur dioxide, oak flavoring, fortified with 100 year old: hemlock oil, Devil’s Claw, witch hazel bark, swamp root, powdered rhubarb, pleurisy root, belladonna root, white pine tar, coal tar, dandelion, sarsaparilla, mandrake, mullein, scullcap, cramp bark, elder, ginseng, horny goat weed, tansy, sugar of lead, mercury with chalk and tin-oxide; calcium, potassium, creatine, zinc, iron, nickel, copper, boron, vitamin k, crushed amino acids, home-cultured antibiotics, chromium, magnesium, colostrum, ironized yeast, ground pituitary gland, ground wisdom teeth, ground sea horse, shark cartilage, coral calcium, iodine and castor oil)
Records: various 1960′s 45 rpm records cast in prehistoric whale bone dust, typeset
23″ x 19″ x 42″ — by Dario Robleto.

Underwater Turntable

Artist Brian Lilla enjoys unusual turntables — here is one he made, almost entirely submerged under water.

That the movement leaves the label uncovered is amazing; that the needle stays in the groove, against the outward movement of water even moreso.  On one hand, this is entirely possible: turntables are amazingly low-tech; the only reason for a plug-in is to make the platter spin, the needle produces it’s own ‘electricity’ and stays in place based on friction between the needle and the groove.   On the other hand, it looks too good to be true; water is dense, causes friction in bad ways and lubricates in worse ways.   Any which way, it’s hypnotic to watch.  Via.

Gross Porcelain

Artist Evelyn Bracklow, known on Etsy as LaPhilie, is a master in painting porcelain.  While in the old tradition people painted flowers and other beautiful things,  LaPhilie paints tiny, tiny ants.

I looked at the picture before reading what it was, and I was disgusted by the ants and intrigued by the beautiful photography, only to find out that the bugs are art, too.   The artist will be exhibiting her work in a few different places over the next month, if you’re interested in seeing these first-hand.


Video Quitter

A young woman has decided she has had enough — she apparently works for the fastest animation company in the world,  making online videos with a goal towards speed and hits — and she decided to announce her departure from the company with a video:


Not to be upstaged by the ever-increasing number of views her quitting video got, the company responded with a video of their own to announce that her position was open. A rooftop pool?  I wish I was an animator!

Good Morning, Fargo! Reality Show

As I drove back to Fargo today, cruising across the dry basin of Glacial Lake Agassiz, watching stormclouds build over Detroit Lakes and listening to Prairie Public Radio, I learned something new about Fargo today.   A reality-TV producer is putting together a Fargo-themed show, to be called “Good Morning, Fargo!”   This is the first I’ve heard of such a thing, so I immediately started going down the rabbit hole.   More inside.

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