Earliest surviving film and sound recording 1888
Best place ever
Las Pozas, Xilitla was the creation of Edward James, the eccentric English poet and artist, and patron of the Surrealist movement. The design of “Las Pozas” was inspired both by his orchids and the vegetation of the Huastecan jungle combined with architectural elements taken from the Surrealist movement he was so closely involved with.
Robert Monroe was a radio broadcasting executive who became known for his research on altered states of consciousness and founding the Monroe Institute. His 1971 book, Journeys Out of the Body, is credited with popularizing the term out-of-body experience.
Cover for a 1983 anthology edited by Franz Rottensteiner. See an illustrated 2010 interview with Rottensteiner at 50 Watts.
“This Is My Love” - Hercules and Love Affair
Zulabelle, voodoo priest, Louis Romain. Rex Hardy - Haiti, 1937.
Hundreds of moon jellyfish babies have been born at the Weymouth Sealife centre in Dorset. Aquarists say they have never seen so many jelly babies of all shapes, sizes and colours from many different species at one time - but even though they may look cute many of them are highly poisonous as well.
The immortal Kim Fowley
Memphis Group / The Memphis Style / Memphis Milano (1981-1987)
A postmodernist design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981. Their work was bold, colorful, geometric, playful, absurd, bizarre, and even loathed by some. There around 15 members including Michael Graves (Portland Building), Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Matteo Thun, and journalist Barbara Radice. (Also, Peter Shire is often associated with the group and his work is AMAZING!)
The Memphis style derives from Art Deco, Pop Art, 1950’s Kitsch, and bathed in a playful approach to making. It wasn’t taken seriously at the time (by some), but remains to be highly influential.
Helen Friel - “Here’s Looking at Euclid” (paper sculptures of mathematician Oliver Byrne’s illustrations of Euclid’s Elements, 2012)
Byrne’s illustrated Euclid is one of my favorite vintage science reads (you can leaf through it online for free!) and the fact that the Mondrain-esque artwork has been made into paper sculptures makes me happier than I can verbalize.