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12 JUNE 2016

Undercurrents: grotesque animated body distortions

Albert Omoss (2016). 'Undercurrents', experimental animated short film.

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20163D animation • action man • Albert Omoss • animated short filmbodybody morph • computational artist • distort the body • dolldoll like objectsexperimental film • experimental short • experimental short film • figurinegrotesquegrotesquely beautiful imageryhuman body • male figure • mass of human figures • plastic figurine • plasticity • silicone flesh • statuette • Undercurrents (2016)

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Simon Perkins
17 MARCH 2016

Milos Rajkovic: Skinner Box Head

"Rajkovic creates animated portraits of anonymous archetypes with deconstructed heads and symbolic components that operate like finely tuned machines. Everything is fair game: a religious figure with alter, candles, and a rotating luxury car; U.S. military figures with weight-lifting Ronald McDonald, skeletons, praying hands, and a flat screen TV playing 24-hour cable news.

The brains of these figures are compromised–sometimes portrayed as dropping into a pool of blood or being picked at by a vulture-like bald eagle–so comprised possibly that they are missing the capacity for human empathy. Are they all portraits of psychopaths perhaps? I'm guessing that Milos' answer might be affirmative—these are the psychopaths who run your government, military, religious and corporate institutions."

(Chris McDonnell, 31 December 2013, Cartoon Brew)

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2013 • animal behaviour • animated portrait • birdbizarre imagerybizarre machines • Burrhus Frederic Skinner • Cartoon Brew • deconstructed heads • facefantastical worlds • finely tuned machines • grotesquehuman head • Milos Rajkovic • miniature machines • mutant science • operant conditioning chamber • physiology • Serbian artist • Skinner box • speculative biology • surreal imaginings

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Simon Perkins
06 FEBRUARY 2015

The search for paedophiles is more carnival than witch-hunt

"Our collective sympathy for the victims is obviously a given. And yet the quest to unearth celebrity sex offenders has become a form of crude cultural entertainment–but it is less witch–hunt, more carnival, in the sense proposed by critic Mikhail Bakhtin. Here social hierarchies are profaned and subverted by normally suppressed voices. Thus, the marginalised become the focus, princes become paupers, and opposites combine (high and low, fact and fantasy, heaven and hell).

This circus is conducted with a grotesque, 'world–upside–down' energy and black humour, in which charivari–ritual chastising and humiliation, not least of sexual transgressions–is accompanied by raucous collective mirth. Ultimately, order is restored, but not before authority figures have taken a beating.

And so we witness the toppling of the powerful by a righteous mob, as men of a certain age and cultural authority–backed by a degree of establishment collusion–are brought low with a barely contained collective thrill. Sometimes it feels as if all the icons of our childhood have been outed as sexual deviants–revenge for every night of bad television endured during the 1970s."

(Hannah Betts, 7 December 2012, The Guardian)

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2012carnivalesquecelebrity • celebrity sex offenders • charivari • crime • criminal justice system • crude cultural entertainment • disc jockey • establishment collusion • fact and fantasy • fall from grace • grotesqueheaven and hell • high and low • humiliationinfamy • inverted order • Jimmy Savile • mass hysteria • Mikhail Bakhtinmoral panic • Operation Yewtree • outcast • paedophile • paedophilia • pariah • profaned • ritual chastising • scandalsex offenders • sexual deviant • sexual transgression • spectacleThe Guardian • witch trials • witch-hunt • world-upside-down

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Simon Perkins
05 JULY 2013

The Anarchist Coloring Book

"This blog documents things that are interesting, creepy and often disturbing. It contains posts of videos, photos, artwork and anything else that I find worthy to the collection. Anarchist Coloring Book is inspired by Adam Parfrey's Apocalypse Culture collections, the Mütter Museum and the general creepiness we stumble upon in everyday life.

The present author attempts to detach himself from the subjects. Often little to no commentary is provided, this is why Wikipedia descriptions are widely used."

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Adam Parfrey • anatomical artanatomical illustrationanatomical pathologyanatomy • antique medical equipment • Apocalypse Culture (1990) • biomedicalbizarreblogbook illustrationscabinet of curiositiescadavercalendar • creepiness • creepycuriositydevildissecteddissectiondisturbingdisturbing taledoll • ghoul • grotesque • hirsute • history of medicinehorrorhuman anatomyhuman body • medical museum • medical odditiesmorbid anatomy • Mutter Museum • oddities • pathological specimens • personal collectionsphotocollagepostcardsatanVictorian artvisual spectaclewax models

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Simon Perkins
18 DECEMBER 2012

Eraserhead Stories: David Lynch on the Making of His Famously Nightmarish First Film

"Not only does the documentary Eraserhead Stories offer as much information as you'll find anywhere on the making of David Lynch's first feature film, it has a few Lynchian qualities of its own. For almost an hour and a half, David Lynch sits down behind a microphone and reminisces about the six years his ragtag team spent putting the movie together. But he does it in black–and–white, in front of a curtain, smoking, like something out of an early–1950s television broadcast. The ambient dull roar of an ill wind appears, intermittently and inexplicably, on the soundtrack. Photographs flash by, supporting some of Lynch's inspiring, arduous, and bizarre recollections. Many of his stories deal with the nuts and bolts of bringing one's financially impoverished but creatively overflowing early movies into reality."

(Colin Marshall, 17 December 2012, Open Culture)

David Lynch (2001). "Eraserhead Stories".

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2001American cinemaAmerican independent cinemaart and design practitionersauteurblack and whiteblack humour • Charlotte Stewart • cult classic • cult filmDavid LynchdocumentaryEraserhead (1977) • Eraserhead Stories • famous peoplefilmfilm directorfilmmakergrotesqueindependent cinemaindependent filmindie cinemainfluentialinfluential creatorsinfluential director • interviews with famous people • Jack Nance • landmark film • Laurel Near • low budgetlow-budget filmmaking ofmovienightmarevisual spectacle

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Simon Perkins
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