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Friday Ephemera

Another Shatner triumph. // Pen spinning. // Sculpting with a chainsaw. // Hand-drawn sounds. (h/t, Coudal) // Visualising music. // You’ve got something in your ear. // Soporific loops. // London, 1927. // An Armenian tale of talking fish. (h/t, MeFi) // The People vs. George Lucas. // B-movie nightmares. // Time machine blueprints. // Knitted meat. // Glass microbes. // When you’re in a horror film, don’t look in the mirror. // Details of the dollar bill. // The steeps of San Francisco. // Little frozen brains. // Raccoon. // Husky. // Hippo. // Moths



"Boo-Ya-Kaah!" :D


The Microbes;
These transparent glass sculptures were created to contemplate the global impact of each disease and to consider how the artificial colouring of scientific imagery affects our understanding of phenomena. Jerram is exploring the tension between the artworks' beauty, what they represent and their impact on humanity.

The question of pseudo-colouring in biomedicine and its use for science communicative purposes, is a vast and complex subject. If some images are coloured for scientific purposes, and others altered simply for aesthetic reasons, how can a viewer tell the difference? How many people believe viruses are brightly coloured? Are there any colour conventions and what kind of ‘presence’ do pseudocoloured images have that ‘naturally’ coloured specimens don’t? See these examples of HIV imagery. How does the choice of different colours affect their reception?

It's clearly the coloring used by the medical-industrial complex that reinforces the discriminatory belief that these self-valuable microbes cause harm. From a post-scientific feminist viewpoint, the microbes are just as valuable as any middle-class white male (or more so), and should have the same rights to protection from discriminatory hate-mongering.




Yes, as so often the artist goes and spoils it with the obligatory bollocks.


I saw the glass microbes and I thought this guy must be clever to make them. Then I read the bollocks underneath and changed my mind.


Re: Living la vida Lucas
Is it some symptom of post-modernism that makes it that much harder to get a life of your own these days?


“Living la vida Lucas.”

Heh. I may want to borrow that.


By all means. Would you do me the honor of adding my blog (http://shermanscowlick.typepad.com/blog/) to your roll? Thx for a great blog, btw...



Elrond Hubbard

So many try to live la vida Lucas. So many fail.


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