Entries Tagged as 'weird'

Wacking Wax Hitler

You wonder if the summer heat has gone to people’s head or if this man was pining over the Hitler wax figure until the completion of the museum.

…it’s nice to be back to the land of broadband…Gestalt and I were chatting the other day and he thought I should mention the beheading of Hilter.  I agreed! So mote it be…

On Saturday 7/5/08, the first day the Berlin Madame Tussauds wax museum opened, a Berlin man pushed aside two museum employees to attack the wax Hitler figure.  He managed to rip off its head while shouting, “No more war!” He was only the second person to enter the museum after its doors had opened.

Madame Tussauds made a statement that they would repair the wax figure of Adolf Hitler that the man decapitated at its new Berlin branch and return it to the museum, “As quickly as possible.”

The man was detained for his conduct.  He told police officers he wanted to protest the figure being included into the wax museum.  The was figure had been under scrutiny since the German media learned of its placement in the museum.

Pictured above is what the Hilter wax figured looked like before its execution on Saturday.  There had been some controversy surrounding the wax figure going into the Germany museum.  However, the museum’s advocates quarreled Hitler’s role in German history must not be ignored. As agonizing and atrocious as that part of history might be, it is still part of the past.

Video Watch a museum official describe the attack »


Weird Wednesday: Franck Dion – Inventaire Fantome

This weeks post is a little more modern than what I have been doing, but I think it’s just as suitable. French artist Franck Dion has made this wonderful animated short. I don’t understand French very well, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this.

Wierd Wednesday: Karel Zeman

Another classic Czech animator and filmmaker, Karel Zeman was a innovating animator and developed many ingenious money-saving techniques that rivaled many of the big budget Hollywood productions of his time. He is most known for his masterpiece The Fabulous World of Jules Verne. This week instead of showing another film I found a special behind the scenes documentary, The Special Effects of Karel Zeman.

Weird Wednesday: Dom (House) by Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk

This week I decided to go way back to the beginning of the Eastern European animation movement.

Jan Lenica’s checkered career has encompassed excursions into music, architecture, poster-making, costume design, children’s book illustration, and all aspects of filmmaking. It is, however, for his animation that he is best known, particularly his collage and “cutout” films, which have their roots in the art of Max Ernst and John Heartfield. The films have influenced the work of Jan Švankmajer and Terry Gilliam.

In the 1950s, his films with Walerian Borowczyk led an aesthetic revolution in Poland that sent reverberations all over the Eastern European animation scene. Before Lenica entered the scene, Polish animation consisted mainly of American-influenced character animation, over which the shadow of Walt Disney lugubriously hung, sometimes with vaguely political overtones on the fringe. Lenica and Borowczyk moved the avant-garde into the mainstream. They attempted to forge a new experimental cinema that would coalesce contemporary artistic practices such as abstraction, collage, and satirical surrealism without jettisoning commitment to the Marxist concepts of artistic integration of form and content and art for the masses. Often their films deal with alienation in a modern world, and the challenge of the detritus of history, figured in their use of old newspaper and postcards and the ironic confrontation with the “Great Masters” of painting which consume the protagonist of Once upon a Time . . . . In The House, a wide range of techniques illustrate a strange mechanical rite. The rough simplicity of their materials in these films conveys simultaneously the menace of an absurd disordered universe, and an affecting artlessness of execution.

It’s interesting how alienation can be so universal that even under strict Leninist governments it is a common theme, and not so much a political statement that needs condemning. I love this early stuff. By today’s standards it can seem quite primitive, rarely do I see artists taking such chances in their work these days. At the time this was groundbreaking.

Weird Wednesday: English Speaking Attackers Beware!

If you are attacked by English speaking men, here is the tutorial video on how to handle the situation. Curious, is there a lot of this type of crime in Japan where Japanese women feel compelled to learn these phrases? I think I died a little inside after watching this…