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OK, I love this.
Artist Cynthia von Buhler created dollhouse miniatures to try to solve her bootlegger grandfather’s 1935 murder. The result is Speakeasy Dollhouse, which grew from a series of dollhouse sets to an “immersive experience” theater project (seems a bit in line with Sleep No More, perhaps?). As a big fan of Frances Glessner Lee’s fantastic Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (which von Buhler acknowledges were a big influence on her own project), and, really, anything related to historical murder mysteries in general, this sounds pretty amazing.
You can read an interview with von Buhler over at Salon, in which she talks about transmedia storytelling, curiosity, and family secrets.
If, like me, you weren’t able to make it to Amy Culter’s exhibit ‘Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig’ earlier this month, you’re in luck, because she’s put up an online catalogue of all the amazing work that was on display. There are some truly stunning art and artifacts in this collection, and I am both humbled and pleased to have been included in such marvelous company.
So, through a happy accident, it looks like I’m going to have an artist’s book included in the exhibition Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig, to be mounted at St. John on Bethnal Green this June.
I am super-excited about this exhibit (even though I won’t be able to see it in person), as Amy’s put together some truly stunning art and artefacts on the theme of forests, history and memory. Check out the link to get a look at some of the beautiful work — including historical photos of submerged forests, artist’s books, and woodcut prints (like the one above by Katsutoshi Yausa). I feel extraordinarily lucky to have my humble little book project in such handsome company.
If this project sounds as amazing to you as it does to me, please consider contributing to the exhibition’s Kickstarter page. Donations will help defray the cost of transporting and displaying the works, as well as other incidental costs associated with the exhibition.
And if you happen to be in London in June, go check it out — and send me lots of pictures, please!
Some of you will have noticed that I didn’t post yesterday. I didn’t forget — we had a massive power outage last night. Pretty much the entire city lost power. We were in the movie theater when it happened, but others reported seeing some very strange lights as a result. Here’s a videos:
Apparently a downed transmission line was the cause, but suffice it to say, it was a pretty bizarre evening here.
I spent today in Baltimore, wandering around the Baltimore Museum of Art and the shops on 36th St. I think my favorite thing from my visit to the BMA was Susan Phillipsz’ sound installation “The Shallow Sea”:
When Susan was done at work, we went to 34th St to see the Christmas decorations. It really feels like the holidays now! Time to bake some cookies and sing some carols.