anyone who has ever seen Hieronymus Bosch‘s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights knows there are some pretty freaky things going on in the 15th century painting. this of course includes what is now known as “the butt song” pictured above.
“Amelia Hamrick, who attends Oklahoma Christian University, first learned about the painting in a humanities class last year, and fascinated by it had taken to looking at it from time to time.
‘It’s kind of like a 500-year-old Where’s Waldo, she told The Oklahoman.
After viewing the painting again with her friend Luke, they noticed that one of the suffers in the hell scene had musical notes branded on their backside and decided to find out what the butt song from hell might have actually sounded like.”
and so yada-yada-yada, i give you The Butt Song for your listening pleasure. Transcribed by Amelia Hamrick, and played by James Spalink.
every night in august, from 11:57 until midnight, Os Gemeos will be taking over the Times Square billboards with their Midnight Moment installation Parallel Connection. so much better than a 100 foot image of kendall jenner.
sometimes, and not a lot*, but sometimes, we get lucky** and stumble over something magical*** and special. something that allows us to understand things a bit clearer. something that reminds us we’re in this together, and something that helps us to keep moving forward despite ourselves¹. often we forget it’s even there, but it is, and when we need it the most², we are reminded to smile and share and seek out even more in life. one such something is this, a brief excerpt from an amazing commencement speech given by the late, great³ David Foster Wallace to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. it never fails to set me straight. enjoy.
*this will vary from person to person depending on a number of factors, so many in fact that it is impossible to express each and every one at this time.
** that is if you believe in luck. feel free to substitute this word freely for whatever you want to call it.
*** again, you may not believe in magic, so please feel free to substitute this word with a more appropriate adjective.
¹ or in spite of ourselves.
² or not. sometimes these things surface when we least expect it, or remind us of their presence as we wake and start our day. but for the sake of brevity and emphasis, let’s just say that they are there. end of discussion.
³ this is an opinion of course.
you can now purchase one or all of the 7600 volumes of the English language Wikipedia created by artist Michael Mandiberg, currently on view at From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! at Denny Gallery until July 11th, 2015.
Behind the Biennale is a series of short films that will be released throughout the summer of 2015, uncovering the stories of artists, curators, visitors, and Venetians.
more of this… KATSU scribbling a mess all over Kendall Jenner’s face.
Hysterical Literature is a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt.
from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, an outstanding new series entitled The Artist Project. “Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.” above, Tom Sachs on the Shaker retiring room.
‘Dinosaurs’ x The Notorious B.I.G = Hypnotize by Benjamin Roberts.
The Birth of a Tool, Part III by Jēkabs Dimiters, artisan, baker, carpenter, craftsman, filmmaker, musician and founder of John Neeman Tools. absolutely the most beautiful knife and video of said knife that i have ever seen.
brooklyn based photographer Mariah Robertson making a mess in ART21‘s New York Close Up.
merry christmas everybody!
offering an ethical view to life without the dogmatic judgement and guilt of modern religion, How can I be happy? is one in a series of four videos explaining the ideology of Humanism. (written & produced by the British Humanist Association in conjunction with SkeptiSketch, and narrated by the wonderfully brilliant Stephen Fry.)
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“Showtime said on Monday that its “Twin Peaks” revival will consist of nine episodes to be shown in 2016. These episodes will be written and produced by Mr. Lynch and Mr. Frost, and will be directed by Mr. Lynch. Mr. Frost said that discussions with the original “Twin Peaks” cast members would begin soon, adding that “we’re hopeful that as many people as possible would love to come back,” and that writing on the new episodes had already started.” #damngoodcoffee!
the ALS ice bucket challange… a great way to cool down on such a hot day. (it’s 91 here in oakland. ridiculousness.)
a beautiful selection of 8mm film shot by the now celebrated photographer Vivian Maier. as with all her work, there is a quiet sophistication to these shots, an emotion that stands in stark contrast to the chaotic bickering that has unfortunately become her legacy.