Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Words are weapons

A thoroughly entertaining video by the (unintentional) king of martial arts LARPing, Tom Cameron.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Snuff Puppets: Everybody

Warning: not for sensitive viewers.

Everybody is an interactive installation from the Australian puppet theater company Snuff Puppets. It is the largest human puppet on the planet with detachable and interactive body parts and organs.

According to their website, Snuff Puppets are "always a nuisance – poking fun, rebelling, kicking over the traces, infiltrating the mainstream and wielding its information against it, being irreverent, naughty, a goad; reflecting power/society disrespectfully, being a bull in the china shop on purpose, breaking taboos wherever we shall find them, being rude, vulgar, violent, sexy". I believe this is an accurate description as watching the above video seems to generally illicit a WTF response from viewers. It is certain they do a splendid job of moving the viewer out of the ordinary and into bizarre dream like world. For this I applaud them. But I don't think I'm alone in finding it a bit unsettling to see children at the performance. Call me a prude if you'd like but I don't think I'll be taking my daughter to an art show which includes a giant naked puppet having it's head smashed by a brick, giving birth, having it's breast detach and spray the audience with what is supposed to be milk, having it's vagina detach, morph into a penis and then urinate on the audience. I don't know. Guess I'm weird like that.

Snuff Puppets