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Wednesday, July 02, 2003
The Henry Wellcome exhibition now has an online exhibit, which captures some of the sheer variety of objects on show. See, for example, the 19th century chastity belt (we didn’t know this: 'Chastity belts were thought to have been invented in the Middle Ages to prevent women from engaging in sexual intercourse. However, it has recently been argued that they are nothing more than Victorian myths. Although the documentation connected with this object claims that it may date to the 16th century, it is more likely that it was made in the 19th century.’), a pair of fakir’s sandals, an artificial iron hand (made in Paris in 1564), a case of artifical eyes and this creepy tattoo on human skin. (We’re told by those in the know that the Wellcome Collection has whole rooms full of this kind of thing). The site also links to the Quay Brothers’ film, The Phantom Museum (thanks to that rabbit girl for drawing our attention to the Wellcome site).

Rabbit also links to Maev Kennedy’s story in the Guardian, and there's a piece at the BBC as well. Rabbit clearly has an eye for an exhibition website, as her link to All Aboard! (Models, Memorabilia and Memories of Railroads from AIHA’s Collections) attests. There's also a pointer to the gorgeous and pensive No-East magazine (founded by the wonderfully named Lacey Graves, whose own website, Lay-C.com contains this Chicago skyline panorama). Related, Gapers Block, a Chicago-based web publication. One for the sidebar, we think.

Elsewhere. Weekend, an avian flash animation (via sublimate). Watch it with your speakers off, then switch them on and be transported into a Godard/Ballard-esque landscape (related to this Weekend, perhaps?) / some links for the cynic who nonetheless likes their bullet-proof credulity to be tickled every now and again. The Charles Fort Institute ('the world's leading resource for scholarship and research in the understanding of strange experiences and anomalous phenomena'), the increasingly lad-mag-like Fortean Times, the Skeptical Inquirer and last but not least, Randi.org.

Hmmm, not sure about the legality of this, but you can access all the back issues of fashion glossy Tank in pdf format from here…. (we like the Re-Mined issue, 'a publication on memory'). They've all had their ads stripped out but it's nonetheless an interesting trawl through nearly a decade of what one would call ‘cutting-edge’ style. (the lack of ads reminded us of this Observer piece on the futurist Marian Salzman and her observation that society is divided into 'alphas' ('trendsetting creatives') and 'bees' (the rest of us, drone-like beings who actually spread the trends). The piece notes: 'According to Salzman, InStyle and Condé Nast Traveler are the ultimate 'bee' magazines. Anyone who's truly in the loop doesn't need to read about it (crucially, it's the ads in Vogue that are the trendsetters, not the editorial).')

More links. Linkdump is a Belgium project, a kind of minimalist metafilter where there are no comments, just click-throughs, and the only clue as to what you're linking to is the URL. They linked to us, for which we're grateful, but there are sites on there that look distinctly dubious / a ferris wheel in Paris, courtesy of Kottke / cockpits of the world / photography at Noshe (see the summer 2003 pdf portfolio) / two weblogs: absenter and mirabilis

Enter the world of Star Wars Galaxies with these 360 degree panoramas. We're not tempted, but can imagine how this game will totally consume many people's lives / Boochakanan, a photo journal / frequently linked, but often quite handy, sounds of the world's animals / NASA's gallery of Significant Event Imagery / a history of Canary Wharf / Random Walks, a weblog / we're several months late with this: a scrapbook of the Cultural Revolution.

We’ve beefed up Tony Wood’s 'Prisoners of Paradise' with some of his original photographs: I, II, III.