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A Life-Size Graphite Skeleton that Vibrates to Draw Itself into Nothingness

A Life-Size Graphite Skeleton that Vibrates to Draw Itself into Nothingness

November 1, 2016

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Kate Sierzputowski

Unlike the human body which is composed of only 18% carbon, Agelio Batle‘s latest project is produced from 100% of the semimetal material. The work, titled Ash Dancer, is a life-size skeleton that acts like a very large pencil. When placed on a custom made high-frequency vibrating table, the bones of the skeleton rub marks onto the surface, slowly creating an outline of its own form. The more the work rubs against the table, the more of itself is left behind, slowly transforming the graphite from sculpture to abstract drawings which Batle refers to as Ash Dances. More



History Illustration

Violent Rabbit Illustrations Found in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts

Violent Rabbit Illustrations Found in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts

May.31.16

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Kate

The typical depiction of a rabbit, especially when used in Medieval art and literature, is an image of purity and innocence—a harmless puff of cuddly cuteness. Another common association with the rabbit is that of fertility, a sensical comparison when one is aware of the speed at which the species copulates. In some medieval illuminated manuscripts however, the illustration of a rabbit turns from harmless to violent, with several examples showcasing the formerly innocent creature in the act of decapitation and other sword-wielding wrongdoings. More



Art

Flight of the Baji: A Pod of Suspended Driftwood Dolphin Skeletons Flies through the Baltimore Museum of Art

Flight of the Baji: A Pod of Suspended Driftwood Dolphin Skeletons Flies through the Baltimore Museum of Art

Sep.15.15

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Christopher

This immersive site-specific installation by artist Jonathan Latiano (previously) depicts the fate of China’s famous Baji dolphins rendered in driftwood flying through a gallery at the Baltimore Museum of Art. To create the immersive installation Latiano collected bleached and mangled wood from local rivers which he used to form a procession of skeletons. The bony structures materialize from a stack of logs in one corner before gradually dissolving back into component pieces in the other. More



Crafts Design

Custom Glass Planets Containing the Cremated Remains of Loved Ones

Custom Glass Planets Containing the Cremated Remains of Loved Ones

Mar.30.15

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Kate

Merry Coor produces ethereal designs from cremated remains within custom glass beads. Coor crafts each bead by hand, first melting glass into a round bead, then spiraling the design out of ashes on top, and finally sealing the design with an outer layer of clear glass. For each bead she not only requests a 1/2 teaspoon of ashes, but also a picture, letter, or story of the deceased so she can develop a personal connection while forming the piece of jewelry. More



Art History

CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

Feb.21.15

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Christopher

What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing. More



History Photography

The Beauty of Death: Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris

The Beauty of Death: Catacomb Saints Photographed by Paul Koudounaris

Oct.24.13

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Christopher

St. Albertus

St. Valerius in Weyarn

Hand of St. Valentin

St. Benedictus

Skull of St. Getreu in Ursberg

St. Friedrich at the Benedictine abbey in Melk

St. Valentinus in Waldsassen

Relic of St. Deodatus in Rheinau

In 1578 word spread of the discovery in Rome of a network of underground tombs containing the remains of thousands of early Christian martyrs. Many skeletons of these supposed saints were soon removed from their resting place and sent to Catholic churches in Europe to replace holy relics that were destroyed during the Protestant Reformation. More



Art Design

A Japanese Ad Agency Reinvents Advertising for Funeral Services

A Japanese Ad Agency Reinvents Advertising for Funeral Services

May.13.13

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Christopher

In the terrifying wake of 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, funerals become a commonplace ordeal as the nation dealt with unprecedented loss. Like most cultures, Japanese funerals are somber affairs punctuated with black and white with any deviation considered taboo or inappropriate. Reflecting on the enormity of recent events, funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei approached Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO to create an ad for a trade show that would buck the trend of muted colors so prevalent in the industry. More



Art

Light After Death: Mihoko Ogaki’s ‘Milky Way’ Figures Project Stars from Within

Light After Death: Mihoko Ogaki’s ‘Milky Way’ Figures Project Stars from Within

Mar.11.13

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Christopher

In her ongoing series of figurative sculptures titled Milky Ways, artist Mihoko Ogaki explores ideas of life, death, and rebirth. The dead or dying human forms are constructed from Fibre-reinforced plastic and embedded with bright LEDs that when lit project fields of light resembling stars in the surrounding space. You can see many more installation views over on her website. (via mori yu gallery) More



Photography

Photographer Tom Philips Imagines Himself as Dead

Photographer Tom Philips Imagines Himself as Dead

Dec.2.10

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Christopher

Since 2007 photographer Tom Philips has been traveling the far reaches of Earth to photograph himself … being dead. On his site he archives 50 such photos taken in such places as Sudan, Lisbon, Dahab, or “on an iceberg”. (via sweet station) More