Making Connections

When we were in Paris, the Pompidou had a Le Corbosier exhibit. One of the things he was big on was the Modulor. Basically it’s some golden ratio driven hooey about how much space a person takes up. Disturbingly, many of his renderings of this concept feature lumpy crab-human hybrids in psychadellic compositions.

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Note the powerful psionic waves emanating from the claw. I, for one, welcome our new crab-men overlords

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Lego Concentration Camp

This was on display at the MOCAK contemporary art museum in Krakow.  Apparently it was done with cooperation from Lego.

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Photographs showing the lego concentration camp set.

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Unfolded boxes for the lego concentration camp sets.

The holocaust is such a hard thing to understand on a personal level; the scale is just too big.  Different approaches can help make the problem relatable for different people.  The combination of mass produced children’s toys and assembly-line genocide was surprisingly powerful to me.

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Hieronymus Bosch

Tiara and I love Bosch; he’s some weird psychedelic dutch guy from the 1400s that was making paintings of lizardmen and fish knights when everyone else was drawing nobles in furs or windmills.  Dali definitely owes a debt to Bosch, as do other recent surrealist things (e.g. the Codex Seraphinianus).

We were lucky that the Gemäldegalerie had two of his 30 odd works while we were in Berlin.  Here are a couple close-ups from St. John the Evangelist and The Temptation of Saint Anthony:

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Maybe not your typical transit, but it beats sitting in traffic

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Design Panoptikum

While in Berlin we visited the must-see museums (Pergamon, Neues Museum, and the surprisingly unpopular Gemäldegalerie), but one of the strangest and most interesting museums we visited was the Design Panoptikum.  The Panoptikum is a private museum operated and curated by the surrealist artist Vlad Korneev.  Vlad is a primarily a photographer, and one part of the museum displayed some of his works:

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