Matthew Kastellec's Cabinet of Curiosity
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Really a classic by now, but still: if someone told you the plot to this "story" would you think it was funny? I think its curious how these random things created by everyday people and artists can blow up and be something incredible and well known.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This video is very interesting and sad to me. They take someone who is average, per say, and completely redefine her face in an effort to sell product. It shows how easy it is to manipulate images these days without anyone ever knowing, and shows the spectacle we make of beauty and perceptions.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Missed a few days there. Here's a triple post to make up for it. The first thing is something I saw in the Duderstadt Center while doing my small metals homework. Who put it there, I have no idea, but they are awesome.
Also, the morgue reading got my thinking about how we spectacularize death and dying, whether it be through movies, TV, or books. Even more so than those, however, is Halloween, one of my absolute favorite holidays. I find it fascinating that for one day a year, you are allowed to be whatever you want, to disguise and hide yourself in anyway possible. Jack-o-lanterns are also very spectacular to me - they remind me of the images of man made out of nature, except these are skewed and disturbing, and also a very fine craft.
The final thing I wanted to talk about is weather. Seeing everyone start to get bundled up for the coming cold made me think about how we make a spectacle of survival. Now a days you don't just go buy a fur pelt and wrap it around yourself - it has to be brand-name and attractive, so that you can continue to impress your peers while freezing your butt off. The epitome of this consciousness over our survival goods is, to me, the awful Ugg boot. They are functional yes, but they are a trend in popular culture (Although they do not fit the attractive part -they are really friggin ugly.)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Chocolate Bacon Pogo On A Stick
Bacon wrapped in angel food cake, battered and deep fried, dipped in chocolate and served on a stick.
This is why you're fat is one of the many tumblr sites I visit on a daily basis, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that all of these sites are Cabinets of Curiosities in a very real sense. They are specific yes, and not so tangible, but nevertheless they are a collection of oddities or curiosities designed to be shown to the entire world. What they are is really a public Cabinet, fueled by public findings and a group mentality.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
This show is my life, and I can't stop listening to this song - I love Queen and I love this rendition. This show is a curiosity to me in the fact that its so popular - many Americans find show tunes and musicals too wishy washy or the like, but its been very successful. I am ecstatic that its so popular, because hopefully that means it will go on for many seasons.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Calder is one of my favorite jewelers of all time. His work with cold connections and wire is simply stunning, and he really takes the medium to a higher level. The combination of simplicity and intricate detail amazes me every time, and is truly inspirational.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So this will be my Cabinet. A blog seems to fit, since most of the things I find curious are from the internet, or are in picture form. Hopefully this will get across my eccentric personality and random taste in things, so for the first entry this is what I'll post. Cyanide and Happiness is one my daily rituals, a little pick me up that I check right after email and facebook - it epitomizes everything right and wrong about the internet; humorous, gross, graphic, racist, sexist....and yet hilarious.