One for the playing with animals archives.
LOLcatism has penetrated rap culture. From Tyler the Creator’s fantastic video for Tamale.
This is on display at Yes Naturally, the exhibit in The Hague also showing Pig Chase. Overblown as art, perhaps, but intriguing nonetheless—a hermit crab who’s made his home in a japanese golden mask.
The mobile animal MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] unit scours the countryside looking for the most beautiful examples of cows, pigs, chickens and other livestock. Once located, the creature is scanned from head to toe, creating accurate cross-sectional images of its inner organs. The most interesting and aesthetically pleasing examples of anatomy are used as templates to create moulds for the in-vitro meat (we wouldn’t choose to eat the same old boring parts that we eat today). The result is a satisfyingly complicated and authentic form of food. (via Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow < James King)
Cat cafes are a familiar phenomenon for those keeping track of Japan’s many quirks. But this falconer cafe takes intra-species fraternization to a whole new level.
(Originally found via Chris Heathcote.)
Design studio Superflux has made edible christmas cards using something called fruit leather. Most are modeled after animals of various kinds.
Results suggest that interacting with a rat-sized robot controlled by a human did not bring about big changes in rat behaviour.
The Cockroach Beatbox — Greg Gage (by TEDEducation)
This video was shown at TEDxUtrecht and then I got to see Gage do the same thing again live at TEDxBrussels a few days later.
What I find most interesting here is that Gage has turned the image of a cockroach with one leg missing—something many people find discomforting—into a kind of mascot.
The final ball, which will produced by replicating the same techniques used to create artificial human organs, encourages us to consider the role life sciences will have in our daily lives today and in the future. It is also a reference to the colliding worlds of human enhancement, the bio-technology industry and the global capitalization of sport, which have become highly contested areas.