Archive for June 11th, 2007

Knight, Death and the Devil (1513)

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Note: Engraved on metal by Albrecht Duerer. “The engraving is dated 1513, two hundred years after the dissolution of the Knights Templar in 1313. The S before the date may be an allusion to the Greek sigma, of numeric value 200, but others say it is Samekh, one of the 22 paths on the Qabbalistic tree of life. Seems to me that a lot of engravings are signed S. for Scuplt., after the Latin for engraving, and that’s a lot simpler of an explanation.
We see a skull in the bottom left corner; the night in full armour (shining armor?) carries a lance; behing him is a pig-snouted horned devil and he is passing Death on his pale horse, who is carrying an hourglass. Under the knight’s horse runs a long-haired retriever, a hunting dog.
“Dürer called this picture Reuter, which is, Rider.”

Original found here.

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‘Young Frankenstein’ on Broadway has the details of the transformation from Mel Brooks film to Broadway show. I wonder if Frankenstein fan Curt at Groovy Age of Horror is getting tickets?

Decapitated werewolves as ‘art’

I’m not sure werewolves would like this ‘art’ exhibit in Canada. From the CBC:

An unusual work with themes of death, decay and bodily transformation is creating a buzz for Canada at the 52nd edition of the Venice Biennale.

People lined up to see the exhibit by Montreal’s David Altmejd as the Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious art shows, opened Sunday.

Altmejd’s installation, enigmatically called The Index, combines giants, severed limbs, decapitated werewolf heads, weird flowers and birdmen in a way that is strangely compelling for art lovers.


Altmejd said he follows his instincts and is not afraid to look silly “… or, you know, I become shy in my own studio, making my work. I’m making testicles in the face of a birdman. It makes me shy and that makes me feel like what I’m doing really exists. It makes me feel something that’s really real.”

I’m glad he’s not afraid of looking silly, but how is he going to feel when a vengeful werewolf is gnawing off his face.

Despite that gothic creepiness, Altmejd’s work emanates optimism, said Louise Déry, the Montreal curator who commissioned him for the Biennale.

“Even if it’s sometimes dead birds or parts of bodies or werewolves, there’s always something that can survive or grow. Even a crystal has life … it’s transforming itself,” she said.

Are the werewolves of Canada just going to sit back and take this? (Well, they may be werewolves, but they’re still Canadian so they’ll probably be polite whatever they do about it.)

Ghost town on top of coal mine fire

A ghost town in Pennsylvania could have been the setting for Silent Hill. Frlom Associated Press:

CENTRALIA, PA. – Nearly a half-century after it began, the voracious mine fire that doomed this coal town in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania continues to burn hundreds of feet underground, uncontrolled and uncontrollable.

The fire began in 1962 at the town dump and ignited an exposed coal vein, eventually forcing an exodus that emptied Centralia of more than 1,000 people, nearly its entire population. Almost every house was demolished; the U.S. Postal Service canceled the town’s ZIP code.

Centralia still beckons curiosity seekers. What they find is a ghost town like no other, a place with an intact street grid but almost nothing on it, where clouds of sulfurous steam waft from a rocky moonscape and the ground is warm to the touch.

Some residents who still live there reject the ‘ghost town’ label.

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