Well Autumn is fully upon us, you know how I can tell? (apart from the fact its cold and raining!) - we both came down with a nasty virus almost the second the weather changed! So now coughing and spluttering my way through the week with little coherent thought and an overpowering need for a soft blankey and Jaffa Cakes!
The weekend was, as expected, pretty curious with a two day symposium entitled 'Reclaiming Spectacle' by the Congress of Curious People. Here we learned that the Flea Circus of old contained actual fleas, St Bridget of Sweden married Jesus with his own foreskin (as a wedding ring), entomologists can also be hot fire eaters (who knew!!) and you can actually serenade a spider - although quite why you'd want to is beyond me!!
Congress of Curious People: http://curiouscongress.wordpress.com/
Tessa Farmer http://www.tessafarmer.com/index.html
Victoriana: the art of revival
Dan Hillier http://www.danhillier.com
Apart from the hot entomologist, the highlight of the weekend was definitely the two short films by artist Tessa Farmer. Both of these were quite spectacularly gruesome, amusing and thoroughly griping. She has managed to invent a microscopic world populated by tiny, macabre and nightmarish entomological faeries that hijack and reinvent other creatures for their own amusement.
This apocalyptic world where bees are battled and hedgehogs harnessed is both bewitching and disturbing.
So of course we can't wait to see more of her work at the latest offering from the Guildhall Gallery 'Victoriana: the art of revival' that opened last week. Here too will be another favourite of mine, Dan Hillier, whose work graces quite a few of my walls!
Right - back to bed with a hot toddy (the entomologist was busy!!).