Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Chaos and Order

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"There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns.

If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.

What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher. what we can't understand we call nonsense. What we can't read we call gibberish."

- Chuck Palahniuk

Monday, May 28, 2018

In Remembrance

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As you enjoy this Memorial Day be sure to spend some time remembering those it honors and the 'last full measure of devotion' they paid to our country and freedoms.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

15,000 Dominoes

Well, who am I to criticize another person's pastime? Built by Heveh5 who has many more domino projects at her YouTube page.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dan Cherry's Tools

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Dan Cherry is a collector of old tools. He arranges items from his collection and photographs them. He uses color, material, type of tools and texture to create his compositions.

I thought I might have posted his work already, but I couldn't find it if I did. At any rate, these are from La Boite Verte's Des Outils Anciens Meticuleusement Arranges. As well as after the jump, there are more examples there and at Dan's Instagram page. Enjoy.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Human Zoos

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Carl Hagenbeck was a 19th century German who collected wild animals and exhibited them in zoss and circuses. He is the zoo designed who , rather than using cages, first built enclosures to show the animals in a more natural setting.

Along with exhibiting animals he also displayed humans from far off lands in what were supposedly realistic depictions of their exotic homelands. From the article Human zoos: When people were the exhibits:
The first big ethnological exposition was organized in 1874 by a wild animal merchant from Hamburg, Carl Hagenbeck. "He had the idea to open zoos that weren't only filled with animals, but also people. People were excited to discover humans from abroad: Before television and color photography were available, it was their only way to see them," explains Anne Dreesbach, who published a book on the history of human zoos in Germany a few year ago.

The concept already existed in the early modern age, when European explorers brought back people from the new areas they had traveled to. Carl Hagenbeck took this one step further, staging the exhibitions to make them more attractive: Laplanders would appear accompanied by reindeer, Egyptians would ride camels in front of cardboard pyramids, Fuegians would be living in huts and had bones as accessories in their hair. "Carl Hagenbeck sold visitors an illusion of world travel with his human zoos," says historian Hilke Thode-Arora from Munich's ethnological museum.
Aside from the public's understandable fascination with foreign lands in an era before cameras and airplanes, the idea of human zoos was also steeped in the casual racism of the day -- with the belief that different ethnic people occupied rungs lower than Caucasians on the evolutionary ladder.

Most human zoos ended in the early 20th century, with the last occurring in 1931.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Automata of Kazuaki Harada

Kazuaki Harada is a Japanese artist who specializes in wooden automata. His work ranges from small, whimsical devices to large installations for kids that are installed in museums and galleries.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Happy May Day Comrades

May your wait in the breadline be short and fruitful and -- should you be fortunate enough to be in a gulag getting reeducated -- may the whips be made of silk.