In Sanity We Trust
This one came in the mail, again we'll leave you to draw your own conclusions bearing in mind that here at Insanity We Trust we consider ourselves to be apolitical, secular and probably immoral as well.
17/11/05: Harriet, a Galapagos Tortoise reputedly brought back by naturalist Charles Darwin on board the Beagle has reached the impressive milestone of 175 not out.
Harriet was one of three brought back to England by Darwin in 1853, "Tom, Dick and Harry". She is only one of a handful still left in existence as excessive hunting in the 19th century has brought them to the edge of extinction.
Check out more animal action on Kruger National Park's Webcam. The local water hole gets a fair degree of visitation. It's got to be the most natural form of reality TV!
It's now 30 years since "The Edmund Fitzgerald" went down on the big lake they call Gitche Gumee(Lake Superior), inspiring Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot's haunting ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". The ship went down in stormy weather though the exact cause of the sinking remains a mystery.
Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating Subhumanoid Zombified Living Dead, Part 3 (2005)
Coming to theatres somewhere soon. Funny, I don't remember parts one and two!
Japanese artist Tomoko Takahashi, a one time Turner Prize nominee, has created a bit of a stir with her latest installment which consists of her drinking copious amounts of alcohol and periodically attempting to negotiate her way across a balancing beam in high heels. According to the artist, the piece is a "comment on the availability and use of mass-produced products".
Critics have labelled the performances as stupid and dangerous, though possibly the biggest gripe is over the £5,000 grant she received to put the show together at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales.
James Tyson, the theatre's programmer had this to say:
"Miss Takahashi is an internationally renowned artist. Her work constantly questions the way products are marketed and the role of mass media in society."
"This wasn't just about a woman drinking a lot of beer. This was a powerful piece of art."
David Davies, a member of the Welsh Assembly, made this comment:
"If anyone is daft enough to want to see a young woman getting plastered and tottering around in high heels, they can do it in just about every city centre most nights of the week. The show is probably the biggest waste of money in the world. The worrying thing is people are deciding to hand out taxpayers' money like this when they are sober."
Ramesh Patel, a local councillor wanted to know why taxpayers' money was
"being wasted on trash like this".
Clearly the issue of what constitutes art will never be an easy one to resolve but surely some part of the purpose of art is to entertain and to stimulate such debate. A work of this magnitude is almost certain to generate interest. telegraph.co.uk