The Distillery

This Too Shall Pass (2012) by Tomorrow Machine

Independent packaging project for perishable goods:

Is it reasonable that it takes several years for a milk carton to decompose naturally, when the milk goes sour after a week? This Too Shall Pass is a series of food packaging were the packaging has the same short life-span as the foods they contain. The package and its content is working in symbiosis.

Smoothie package
Gel of the agar agar seaweed and water are the only components used to make this package. To open it you pick the top. The package will wither at the same speed as its content. It is made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated, fresh juice, smoothies and cream for example.

Rice Package
Package made of biodegradable beeswax. To open it you peel it like a fruit. The package is designed to contain dry goods, for example grains and rice.

Oil package
A package made of caramelized sugar, coated with wax. To open it you crack it like an egg. When the material is cracked the wax do no longer protect the sugar and the package melts when it comes in contact with water. This package is made for oil-based food.

As queer white folks, it’s easy to focus on the homophobia we experience to the exclusion of other oppressions we don’t (eg. racism, transphobia for cis folks). Its easy to think that all bodies are ours to consume. Such entitlement is sadly a common microaggression. DeLaria’s defensive use of lesbianism and artistic license is not only insulting to Kara Walker as an artist but is also ignorant of the ways that multiple oppressions overlap and inform one another. DeLaria makes the mistake of thinking her oppression as a lesbian gives her automatic insight into the oppressions of black women without having actually done any of the emotional and intellectual work to gain such insight. Like so many others who attended the exhibit, it shows an ignorance and a fundamental disrespect for works created by artists of color.

SteamPunk Prosthesis

Today’s science explanation: gravity.

If you like steampunk and epic tradgedies, The Dolls of New Albion, A Steampunk Opera is for you. Friends of mine put it on as a show, with music performed live and some amazing dancing, and this is a recording of that show.

Don’t Look Down on Me: a day in the life of a little person, by Jonathan Novick.

The Alnwick Poison Garden is pretty much what you’d think it is: a garden full of plants that can kill you (among many other things). Some of the plants are so dangerous that they have to be kept behind bars. [x]

Contrary to the above-linked BuzzFeed article’s title, Alnwick Poison Garden (part of Alnwick Gardens) is well worth visiting if you are ever in the north-east of England.

You have to hand it to a busker who has designed and made their own instrument.