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.

Edit: Hein tells me it’s not a japan­ese mask, but in fact a repli­ca of Bran­cusi’s A Muse. Goes to show how much I know…

(via PIERRE HUYGHE | esther schip­per)

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)

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.

More work by Gage that involves ani­mals: play­ing music through a squid and a DIY remote con­trol roach.

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.

(via About Pigs Blad­der Foot­ball)