Carolein Smit – Bishop, ceramic, 2008

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Taxidermy as Epiphany of Death

October 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

From the Series “Taxidermy as Epiphany of Death”. (c) Connie Mendoza & Nik Pitton

“[..] Taxidermy was about the single story, about nature’s unity, the unblemished type specimen. Taxidermy became the art most suited to the epistemological and aesthetic stance of realism. The power of this stance is in its magical effects:what is so painfully constructed appears effortlessly, spontaneously found, discovered, simply there if one will only look. Realism does not appear to be a point of view, but appears as a “peephole into the jungle” where peace may be witnessed. Epiphany comes as a gift, not as the fruit of merit and toil, soiled by the hand of man. Realistic art at its most deeply magical issues in revelation. This art repays labor with transcendence. Small wonder that artistic realism and biological science were twin brothers in the founding of the civic order of nature at the American Museum of Natural History. It is also natural that taxidermy and biology depend fundamentally upon vision in a hierarchy of the senses; they are tools for the construction, discovery of form.”

Primate Visions, Donna Haraway . pp 38-40

Traffic collision

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

A traffic collision, also known as a traffic accident, motor vehicle collision, motor vehicle accident, car accident, automobile accident, Road Traffic Collision (RTC) or car crash, occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death and property damage.

A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision including; vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, road environment, driver skill and/or impairment and driver behaviour. Worldwide motor vehicle collisions lead to death and disability as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved.

[An extra feature on the DVD realease of a film adaptation made by director Jonathan Weiss of JG Ballards novel The Atrocity Exhibition, in which author and director discuss the ideas expressed in both the original book and its film counterpart.]

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Gerhard Richter. Sch├Ądel mit Kerze, 1983

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