November 2nd, 2005

BBC NEWS | England | Merseyside | Bacon mistaken for human head

Police have apologised to an artist after raiding his home when an artwork made out of bacon was mistaken for a human head.

November 2nd, 2005

Whatever: The Most Idiotic Star Wars Review Ever

John Scalzi deconstructs a review entitled Star Wars: Episodes I-VI
The greatest postmodern art film ever.

November 2nd, 2005

Dazzle Painting – cubist camoflauge in WWII

During World War I, the British and Americans faced a serious threat from German U-boats, which were sinking allied shipping at a dangerous rate. All attempts to camouflage ships at sea had failed, as the appearance of the sea and sky are always changing. Any color scheme that was concealing in one situation was conspicuous in others. A British artist and naval officer, Norman Wilkinson, promoted a new camouflage scheme that was derived from the artistic fashions of the time, particularly cubism. Instead of trying to conceal the ship, it simply broke up its lines and made it more difficult for the U-boat captain to determine the ship’s course. The British called this camouflage scheme “Dazzle Painting.” The Americans called it “Razzle Dazzle.”

grâce à la Chambre de Boing

UPDATE 11.03.05: BB now points us to a page with color(!) examples of em-dazzled tanks.

November 2nd, 2005

Thoth: prayformance

November 2nd, 2005

The Hindu News Update Service – San Francisco street performer Grimes Poznikov dies

San Francisco, Nov. 2 (AP): Grimes Poznikov, the street performer known as “The Automatic Human Jukebox” who became one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions before he was sidelined by mental illness, has died at age 59.

He died from alcohol poisoning and was discovered dead on Thursday on a sidewalk near a San Francisco freeway, according to his sister, Jenny Predpelski of Overland Park, Kansas.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Poznikov sat in a painted refrigerator box and played songs for cash at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Tourists could request songs that he’d perform on trumpet, kazoo or one of several other instruments he kept in the box.

His act was so popular he was booked on national television shows and featured in news articles and travel guides.

But by the late 1980s, schizophrenia had made him so erratic he could no longer perform. He ended up on the streets.

Poznikov studied psychology at Cornell College in Iowa and taught elementary school in Chicago before he began bringing his music act to anti-war protests around the country.

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