"Matrix" chicken farms are creepy art, not reality »
Here’s a creepy idea: Given that modern chicken farming causes so much pain, why not just lobotomize the things and turn them into unconscious protein-growing machines, à la Matrix? Wired posted about it last week, a reader told us about it, and we kinda freaked out here in the back room. How is that better than going vegan?! That’s so f-ed up!
Then we chilled out. Because as the savviest (nerdiest) of nerds such as myself might notice, Wired's post is on the mag's culture blog, not on any of its science pages. Deep breaths, vegans. This ain't real; this is an architecture student's creation for a design show. ART. It's supposed to make you think, not actually happen. And people thinking about the logical extension of how their food is currently produced? I'd call that good news all around.
Read a whole big long interview with the artist if you’re so inclined. You’ll notice dude’s not a saint—he says he could never go vegan, which is a ridiculous thing to say—but I think he’s clever and provocative and good news in general. Red pills for all!
House Rabbit Society’s holiday art show and auction is happening now! Bid on buns, for buns! »
Bunny’s Dream Gift Basket, donated by The Busy Bunny. Click to bid!
The House Rabbit Society and the East Bay Rabbit Rescue have joined forces to host this online auction of rabbit gifts and art! All proceeds go to an emergency medical fund for these two worthy organizations. They’ve got studio sessions with photographer Mark Rogers (get a fancy photo of you and your pet! Bunny or not!), watercolors and mosaics and other rabbitty artwork, and giftcards to Pet Express—all kinds of good stuff to get and receive.
Astrid, by John Beahm. Click to bid!
All the action is happening on Facebook, but you can also bid by calling the Rabbit Center at (510) 970.7575 between noon and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The auction ends at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, so get to bidding for the buns!
Chicken screen tests by Aaron Rose! From Nowness:
Californian chickens and a charismatic duck mug for the camera in director Aaron Rose's Warhol-inspired mock screen tests, set to Dean and Britta's cover of Bob Dylan's “I'll Keep It With Mine.” The vignettes were shot during a series of Levi’s-sponsored filmmaking workshops about sustainable lifestyle hosted at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles, culminating in the documentary Wild Goodness.
One of our dear readers, Michelle, sent this to me. She must have known I love Warhol! STOP STALKING ME, MICHELLE.
The chickens and duck are from a farm in San Pedro, Calif., where I’m sure they were safely returned, never to be eaten or abused. Because a project based on a sustainable lifestyle would know how silly it is to rely on chickens and eggs for food, right?
Oreo cameos! Oreos are vegan so this is totally relevant. AND AWESOME. Do you have any Oreo art? Let’s all make Oreo art! Or Tofutti Cutie art! Or whatever! Let’s just do some cool shit for once, jeez.
The artist, Judith G. Klausner, has done other food art, including this awesome vegan egg on toast. I’m in love!
Poster from this year’s Sea Shepherd’s 2011 Sea No Evil Art Show. How dope is it? Hint: SO DOPE. I’m jealous of you Californians who are going to this. Dudes, take pictures and tell me how it is! Or buy me art! Or just get me a poster! I really want one! I will love you forever! (Pish, as if I could love you any more than I already do)
2011 SEA NO EVIL ART SHOW
Benefiting Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Saturday, June 25; doors open at 6 p.m. 3485 Mission Inn Ave, corner of Mission Inn and Lemon in Riverside, Calif.
Happy World Tapir Day! Print some biology postcards to celebrate! »
Even more exciting though, here’s some free art!
This is an axolotl, a type of salamander that is frequently used by scientists trying to study developmental biology. Axolotls have taught about physical regeneration, and how hormones force physical changes between young creatures and their adult forms.
The above awesome pink drawing is just one of 16 Japanese-style biology images that the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology has released under a Creative Commons license. That means you’re allowed to do whatever you want with them as long as you give the artist credit and don’t try and sell them because that would be lame and also don’t modify them because they asked you not to!
Anyway, I’m thinking about printing me up a batch of note-cards to mail to people in an effort to single-handedly ensure the continued operation of the postal service. Axolotl!
Awesome vegan blog alert: the Vegan Stoner »
The Vegan Stoner is an amazingly illustrated recipe blog. I’m in love! I know I say that a lot but this time I think it will stick! The pictures are great but the illustrations just make it super awesome.
Check it out: “The Vegan Stoner was created under the premise that vegan cooking can be made without extensive ingredient lists and involved recipes, that recipes are only templates and the creativity starts in the kitchen.” THAT’S what I’m talking about! That’s how I like my recipes: easy and creative! Incidentally, that’s also how I like my women.
The beatification of the pigeon »
Hey young world! It’s the art beat! You know I love pigeons so when I read about this art installation in Philadelphia, I was so excited. Then I was so sad to see it closed on Saturday! We missed the show. But! We can still look at the pictures!
Matt Zigler created The Mobile Museum of Pigeon Culture and History, a pigeon museum in a Pod (you know, those storage containers popular with the college set), to venerate the disrespected bird. Along with the mobile museum, the installation included a series of altars, “Five Saintly Pigeons of the Book of Columba,” to various pigeons with a seed dispenser nearby to provide offerings. Zigler is not fucking around; he set out to elevate these birds to saints. As the bearer of so much public disdain, this is just what the pigeons need! You got to make serious moves. No half-stepping for Zigler and the pigeons—they’re like, “bow down, bitches!” Jeez, pigeons, relax.
Hopefully the mobile museum will travel nearby soon, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, be kind to your local pigeon.
Artists, design students: 2011 Design Against Fur poster competition »
Are you a talented student and totally anti-fur? You should enter the 2011 Design Against Fur competition! Above is last year’s Europe and International first-prize winner. Dudes, apparently the bar is LOW because that poster is kind of LAME. It just doesn’t do it for me. What do you think?
The deadline for registration is Apr. 1 and the deadline for submissions is Apr. 15. First prize is 700€! According to my calculations, that’s about $954 U.S. Holler! You could finally take me somewhere nice for a change.