An Australian project came up with a hypothetical human, one presumed to have evolved to better handle the stresses of automobile collisions. "What if our bodies were built to survive a low impact crash? What might we look like?"
[G]raduate student Tina Gorjanc has created a line of “human leather” goods. And the leather isn’t from just any ol’ human, but from the skin of iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen who died in 2010. The project includes McQueen’s DNA from locks of his hair that were sewn into his first collection "Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims."
Another Gothic angle comes from the conceptual project's politics:
"If a student like me was able to patent a material extracted from Alexander McQueen's biological information as there was no legislation to stop me, we can only imagine what big corporations with bigger funding are going to be capable of doing in the future," she tells Dezeen Magazine.
Dressed in white robes, [staff from a recruitment company ]sit at desks and write final letters to their loved ones. Tearful sniffling becomes open weeping, barely stifled by the copious use of tissues.
And then, the climax: they rise and stand over the wooden coffins laid out beside them. They pause, get in and lie down. They each hug a picture of themselves, draped in black ribbon.
As they look up, the boxes are banged shut by a man dressed in black with a tall hat. He represents the Angel of Death. Enclosed in darkness, the employees reflect on the meaning of life.
A Czech artist staged a ghostly presence at a local church. The aesthetic effect is good -
and so is the historical preservation impact:
His concept – nine hooded phantoms created from plaster and brought to ‘life’ by eerie lighting – has proved a big hit, drawing tourists from all over the world whose donations have helped keep the Church of the Nine Ghosts open.
This video of a Crosss song is very nicely done. "Golden Hearth" tells a short story about ritual killings (most likely) using elaborate costumes, rapid cutting, and a recursive media narrative. NPR (!) adds
Fair warning: Wicker Man-inspired costumes, grisly occult dealings and static-flickering VHS tapes lie ahead. For some of us (read: me), director Torin Langen's video for Crosss' "Golden Hearth" is the stuff of nightmares, but the heavy weirdness is definitely worth your time.
We can cover more disturbing music videos here if you, dear readers, are intrigued.
Inevitably, someone compared US presidential candidate Donald Trump to a zombie.
Republicans who once worried that Mr. Trump might gain overwhelming momentum in the primaries are now becoming preoccupied with a different grim prospect: that Mr. Trump might become a kind of zombie candidate — damaged beyond the point of repair, but too late for any of his rivals to stop him.
Alexander Burns carries the metaphor a little further:
Should Mr. Trump lurch into the convention so fatally compromised with both general-election voters and a sizable faction of Republicans, it could make it easier for the party to wrest the nomination away from him. But it would also make the consequences of failing to defeat him all the more ruinous if the specter of choosing a seemingly unelectable nominee does not deter Mr. Trump’s supporters.