The elusive Belgian urban graffiti artist called Roa, who lives and works in Ghent, Belgium, has a panache for drawing ginormous animals. Stepping up to one of his works on a deserted street can make you feel like you landed in the middle of the 1976 B-horror movie ‘Food of the Gods‘. His work can be seen on the streets, from Barcelona to Warsaw.
Roa’s work is quite intriguing.
Step inside the surrealistic world of Damian Michaels. Originally form the San Francisco Bay area, Michaels now currently lives in Australia. Here are some of his pieces.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON ART
The 1st FIFA opened in 1981. Of a duration of 5 days, the 1st FIFA presented 50 films from 12 countries in one theatre, the Cinémathèque québécoise. It is in its 21st edition (2003), that the FIFA added 5 additional days to its calender, totalling 10 days of festivities. For its 25th anniversary in 2007, more than 280 films from 25 countries were presented in eight theatres: the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain, the Grande Bibliothèque, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Cinémathèque québécoise, the NFB Cinema, the Goethe-Institut and the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts. In an effort to broaden its range of subjects, FIFA introduces films devoted to several new genres—mime, circus arts, tattooing and comics.
Give me a book about obscure things and I’ll read it in a heartbeat. This is coming from a person who absolutely loved ‘Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers‘ by Mary Roach, a book with all the amazing gory and putrid details on what happens to the body after you die.
With Inscetopedia (by Hugh Raffles), there are 26 chapters, with titles like “Air” to “Zen” and “The Art of ZZZs”, “Chernobyl,” “Fever/Dream,” “Kafka,” “Sex,” “The Sound of Global Warming” and “Ex Libris, Exempla”, by which Raffles takes you on a delirious journey, from ever corner of the globe, to look at the vast world of insects.
In “Chernobyl,” Mr. Raffles profiles Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, an artist obsessed by mutation. Her precise scientific drawings of insects collected in Ticino, Switzerland, affected by the fallout from Chernobyl, countered the claims by scientists that the released radiation was too small to induce mutations. Hers was a long and too familiar battle, but eventually her findings could no longer be denied.
Fiction might be fun, but books like this open one’s knowledge base in ways that excite and stimulate one’s brain. Not everything in the book is cut and dry insectology. For instance, the chapter titled “Sex’ deals with insects in a metaphorical way. It is an essay about Jeff Vilencia, a self-identified “crush freak” who finds the idea of being crushed like an insect erotic. Read the whole article: nytimes
Before the ink had a chance to dry on this post, I have already added it to my “Must Get Book List”.
Have you ever seen a Mandelbrot? You know…those fractals with the effect of constant zooming in that never seems to end. The bizarre cartoon Superjail has that effect in it’s opening sequence. You can see a clip below. The zoom effect starts at the 1:29 mark. If your not into wacked-out, violently absurd cartoons, then I suggest skipping to it. Superjail’s sequence just touches upon it, whereas Zoomquilt, is slower and the art blends together seamlessly.
We absolutely love this song!!! She has an ethereal quality to her voice. Florence and The Machine hails from the U.K. I have a feeling they will become huge here in the States. (Crosses fingers.)
In this video Florence is the shamanic leader of a surreal orchestra, where spiritual elation explodes into smokey psychedelic anarchy. Each musical element of the song is personified by a group of colorful characters that combine 60’s girl groups, Hinduism, gospel choirs, drum circles, paganism and pyrotechnics. Florence is a painted primal force of nature that whips a religious experience into a riot.