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Picturing North Korea

Posted in absurd, film, surreal, video with tags , , , , on May 18, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

With recording devices (even mobile phones) banned at customs, and the staggeringly small number of people who have ever willingly traveled to North Korea, the country remains shrouded in mystery.

All visitors are carefully monitored and led by guides, who frequently speak of the country’s achievements. Great airs are put on in shockingly empty public spaces, often lavishly decorated with displays of abundance.

It is as if the entire world exists (and is scripted) for the single person currently touring it. Charlie Crane managed to get a rather surreal photo set.

The stillness and pristine order are disconcerting, like a giant movie set no one is using.

See the rest of the photo set here.

I HIGHLY recommend you watch The Vice Guide to Travel’s North Korea episode. It is on Netflix instant, or you can access it by clicking the link below.


The Vice Guide to Travel: North Korea (WATCH THIS!)

This film will blow your mind. I guarantee it. I spent a good half of it with my jaw dropped, and if you read this blog regularly you know how much it takes to shock me.

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Surreal Architecture Illusion

Posted in architecture, oddities, surreal with tags , , on February 22, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Perhaps it’s all the more intriguing because of how little information is available…but if anyone knows more about the origin of these magnificent buildings than the source, please share!

Liu Bolin: Camouflage Cans

Posted in art, installations, surreal with tags , , on February 4, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Liu Bolin (scan down for a gallery of images), is a master of camouflage painting. But THIS one is an absolute tour de force!

Can you believe there’s a human under there?

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In Surrealism, No One Can Hear You Scream

Posted in art, sci-fi, surreal with tags , , on September 8, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Just wanted to share this wonderful little piece from PARA ABNORMAL.

Magritte meets Alien…perfect.

PARA ABNORMAL previously featured here as part of my Halloween countdown.

Tony Tasset

Posted in sculpture, surreal with tags , on July 20, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Sculpture time! Tony Tasset’s been making news lately for his giant eyeball sculpture in Chicago.

But that’s only one of his fantastic pieces. Some other favorites of mine:

Blob Monster…

This reminds me of the Seldec Ossuary.

The most defeated Paul Bunyon I’ve ever seen.

See more at the Kavi Gupta Gallery

Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage)

Posted in animation, film, surreal with tags , , on May 7, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

The other day I watched Fantastic Planet (La Planete Sauvage), and I highly recommend it. This 1973 French animation is like the surreal alien lovechild of Dr. Suess and Salvador Dali.

A band of humans — known as Oms — are kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue humanoid giants called Traags in director Rene La Loux’s animated sci-fi classic, said to be based on the Soviet occupation of the Czech Republic. The story centers on an Om named Terr, who escapes his subjugation with a Traag learning device and eventually uses it to educate other Oms and incite them to revolt.

It was incredibly interesting to watch a depiction of human beings treated the way we treat our tiny pets (I wish people would be more careful handling little animals!).

I tried to find some good screencaps, but none of these do justice to the fantastical creations in this film.

If you like strange, wonderful things (and old school animation with visual pencil cross hatching!)…see this movie.

Homunculus

Posted in animation, anthropomorphic, candy coated nightmares, film, surreal, video with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Here is a fantastic little short film from Humble TV.

Conceived of and directed by Sam Stephens, Homunculus is a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id.

Taking its title from the Latin word for “Little Human”, the piece is an associative mashup between the two concepts behind the word: The first being middle-age alchemical beliefs that “little men” could be spontaneous generated from dead or decaying matter. The second being Carl Jung’s usage as a personification of pure id. These ideas, combined with our love of Dutch still life’s “beautiful decay,” sowed the seeds for this unique little monster of a film.

I can’t wait to see what else these guys come up with!