This is serious we could make you delirious

A lovely PSA commercial for kids about the dangers of pills. Produced in the 1980’s by the Poison Control Center.
The song is titled “We’re Not Candy!”

We could make you delirious (delirious).
You should have a healthy fear of us (fear of us).
Too much of us is dangerous (no no no no).

Doctors tell the pharmacies (pharmacies)
Types of pills that you will need (you will need).
And they know the harm that we can be (we can be)
If we’re not taken carefully (no no no no).

We’re not candy (believe us!)
Even though we look so fine and dandy.
When you’re sick we come in handy, but
We’re not candy… ohhh, no.

The PriceMaster

Please take some time to watch this incredible piece of performance art. On Saturday, February 10, 2001, in Denton, Texas, a group of friends held a garage sale where all of the (absurd) prices were determined by “The Price Master“, a mysterious masked figure on a tiny stage.

This review on Letterboxd describe this little gem really well (via BroBible):

Very surreal and very unnerving little piece of public access gold focused on a stoop sale as performance art in Denton, Texas, around 2001. My friend texted me the link and said “If you have five minutes, check this out,” and I ended up watching all 30 minutes of it. Shot on a handheld video camera, vérité style, it documents unsuspecting customers finding themselves at a stoop sale in which nothing is labeled with a price and a strange figure, the Pricemaster, dictates outrageous prices for everything when inquired. “Five… HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS!”

I also appreciated the Marshall McLuhan‘s quotes at the beginning:

“Environments are not passive wrappings, but are, rather, active processes which are invisible. The groundrules, pervasive structure, and over-all patterns of environments elude easy perception. Anti-environments, or counter situations made by artists, provide means of direct attention and enable us to see and understand more clearly.”

“Humor as a system of communications and as a probe of our environment–of what’s really going on–affords us our most appealing anti-environmental tool. It does not deal in theory, but in immediate experience, and is often the best guide to changing perceptions.”

[thanks Claudio for pointing me to this video]

Weird Gnosis

Weird Gnosis, a new, amazing project by IMPAKT:

“From the occult rituals of witchcraft to esoteric psychedelia, the online webproject Weird Gnosis takes you on a journey into some of the weirder parts of the web. With a selection of video and performance art, Weird Gnosis curates a dialogue with artists and thinkers whose practices radically disturb the familiar by invoking the truly weird.”

TV Man is coming

On a Sunday morning in Henrico County, Virginia, dozens of residents woke to find old TV sets dumped on their lawns. One person reviewed their home security footage and reported the following: “It was a guy dressed in a jumpsuit with a TV for a head,” said Adrian Garner. “It’s the weirdest thing. He squats down, puts the TV there and walks off. It’s really weird.”



Rebecca Caldwell ha trasformato una Cadillac del 1971 in una cattedrale gotica viaggiante. Con tanto di guglie, finestre di vetro piombato e gargoyles…

Le hanno chiesto dei rapporti con la polizia stradale:

“They have to realize that I would be stupid to try and get away with anything illegal in that car…I mean, come on. I can just hear it over the police radio: “…the suspects are heading west bound goin about 60 mph….a little faster on the downhill…be on the lookout for a……black …1971 gothic cathedral…I repeat….1971…. gothic cathedral….the suspects are thought to be armed with a welder and a caulking gun…”

[via neatorama]

Che tempo fa

David Lynch fa un bizzarro report quotidiano sulle condizioni metereologiche a Los Angeles. Nel suo sito web si può vedere ogni giorno un piccolo video con il mitico regista che recita in ordine: luogo, data, ora, clima e temperatura. Ma prima, guarda fuori dalla finestra…

Homo technologicus

Si aggirava per la Biennale di Venezia durante la giornata di domenica. Attrezzato con computer, macchine fotografiche, palmari, guanti e visori. Con tanto di I-pod Shuffle al collo. In una Biennale così poco tecnologica come questa ci stava come i cavoli a merenda. E ci è piaciuto un sacco.

Un animalista…a modo suo…

Un amante degli animali un po’ atipico, Damien Hirst. Famoso per le sue provocatorie opere con squali, mucche e pecore sezionate e immerse in soluzioni varie, l’artista inglese riconferma una singolare passione per gli animali…morti.

E’ di ieri la notizia (fonte il Telegraph) del suo tentativo di acquistare l’intero patrimonio del Mr Potter’s Museum of Curiosities, una bizzarra collezioni di animali impagliati di epoca vittoriana, alcuni disposti a formare curiosi tableaux (vedi foto), per evitare che fosse smembrata da un’asta iniziata ieri. Nonostante la cospicua offerta (1 milione di sterline), il tentativo è fallito e Hirst è rimasto molto deluso. Aveva infatti espresso la volontà di riaprire il museo, aggiungendo alla collezione le sue stesse opere.