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Jef Sewell on Twitter: ""…the next great division of world will be between people who wish to live as creatures & people who wish to live as machines” #WendellBerry"
"…the next great division of world will be between people who wish to live as creatures & people who wish to live as machines” —WendellBerry
wendellberry  humans  humanism  machines  creatures  life  living  cyborgs  future  evolution 
june 2016 by robertogreco
Skrímslasetrið Bíldudal
"Tales of sea monsters have played a colorful role in Icelandic folk culture for centuries and thousands of written accounts can be found all around the country. Today, these elusive creatures that still appear in Arnafjordur have been given a worthy home at the Icelandic Monster Museum, located in the north-west cost village of Bildudalur on the shores of Arnarfjordur fjord, proclaimed to be one of the most prolific centers of monster activity in Iceland.

Visitors to the Sea Monster Museum watch these remarkable creatures brought to life through a lively mix of words, images and videos, an action-packed multimedia display that culminates in a spectacular interactive plinth, the first of its kind in Iceland. First-hand accounts from eye-witnesses are joined on-screen by academic theories on the nature of sea monsters, while a variety of relics and artifacts relating to this mysterious branch of zoology appear throughout the museum as tangible evidence for their existence.

Comments from visitors: Multimedia screens and quirky, dark lit rooms create a unique atmosphere where the history of sea monsters in Iceland and Arnarfjördur is conveyed in an eerie manner. The museum is truly a well worth a visit when you travel to these parts because afterwards you will look differently at what you see in the fjord. It will add a new dimension to your imagination—one which points towards the shore and the sea. Picture this tale of horror. A foreign trawler is fishing illegally in Arnarfjördur fjord in the West Fjords in the early 20th century. In comes the trawl net with something big and squirmingly alive. When the fishermen try to open the trawl the creature viciously fights back and sprays something slimy over them. When they finally manage to cut the net and drive the creature overboard a few of the crew are seriously burned and have to be treated. No one aboard knows what this terrifying beast was. There is something supernatural about Arnarfjördur fjord. It looks prehistoric on the map, resembling an eagle claw. In fact it is named after an eagle, Arnar means eagle’s, fjördur fjord. In reality the fjord is deep and wide with an abundance of shellfish, shrimp and reportedly other murkier life organisms. And after a long day you build up a mysteries appetite, the museum restaurant offers the most tasty monster catch of the day and a range of light refreshments and snacks.

The Icelandic Sea Monster Museum is open daily from 10.00-18.00, June 1 – September 10.

Guests aged 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult."
iceland  museums  creatures  monsters  seamonsters  bíldudalur 
july 2014 by robertogreco
How Forests Think - Eduardo Kohn - Paperback - University of California Press
"Can forests think? Do dogs dream? In this astonishing book, Eduardo Kohn challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be human—and thus distinct from all other life forms. Based on four years of fieldwork among the Runa of Ecuador’s Upper Amazon, Eduardo Kohn draws on his rich ethnography to explore how Amazonians interact with the many creatures that inhabit one of the world’s most complex ecosystems. Whether or not we recognize it, our anthropological tools hinge on those capacities that make us distinctly human. However, when we turn our ethnographic attention to how we relate to other kinds of beings, these tools (which have the effect of divorcing us from the rest of the world) break down. How Forests Think seizes on this breakdown as an opportunity. Avoiding reductionistic solutions, and without losing sight of how our lives and those of others are caught up in the moral webs we humans spin, this book skillfully fashions new kinds of conceptual tools from the strange and unexpected properties of the living world itself. In this groundbreaking work, Kohn takes anthropology in a new and exciting direction–one that offers a more capacious way to think about the world we share with other kinds of beings."
books  via:annegalloway  anthropology  eduardokohn  ethnography  forests  creatures  life  nature 
november 2013 by robertogreco
EA's 'Spore' a week from being finished - CNET - "They made "creatures we didn't even know could be made"
"That was a brilliant move because, already, users have made more than 2 million creatures using the system, all of which will be incorporated into the game when it goes live in will be far richer "
spore  games  gaming  crowdsourcing  ea  evolution  gamedesign  willwright  children  creatures 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Fashion tip of the day
"For the Demoniac Babble series Estelle Hanania met 12 wild and demoniac creatures, gathering in the mountains of Switzerland and followed them through their ritual walk from farm to farm."
creatures  costumes  glvo  myth  photography  switzerland  storytelling 
december 2007 by robertogreco

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