Showing posts with label television. Show all posts
Showing posts with label television. Show all posts

Friday, November 19, 2010

Help Keep "Oddities" on the Air!

"Oddities," Morbid Anatomy's new favorite television program, is in danger! Below is a plea from Mike Zohn, co-proprietor of Obscura Antiques and Oddities, the antique shop which is at the center of this new and wonderful Discovery Channel reality show:
Fans of Oddities...We need your help.....First, thank you for all the kind words and all. We appreciate all of it. It seems that for some reason Discovery has not run any TV ads for our show. Our ratings have been OK, but most people don't know there are 2 episodes back to back...and many more don't even know about the show. Seems it might be hard to build an audience and a following without some TV advertising......
So, what can you do to help?
  • You can watch! Oddities airs on the Discovery Channel on Thursday nights, from 8-9 PM; At 8:00 PM, catch a screening of last week's episode; stay tuned for a new episode at 8:30.
  • Lodge a complaint to Discovery Channel asking for commercials and better promotion! You can do so (as I just did!) by clicking here.
  • Spread the word; if you like the show, tell your friends!
  • "Friend" them on Facebook! This is also a great way to keep apprised of the latest "Oddities" and shop information. You can find them on Facebook by clicking here.
  • Come to our "Oddities" screening party on December 9th at 8:00 PM! You can find out more details about that by clicking here or here.
Thanks everyone for your help in saving this new and wonderful television show!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Visit the Morbid Anatomy Library on Rocketboom Television

Ella Morton of Rocketboom: Daily Internet Culture has just produced a short but thoughtful video piece about the Morbid Anatomy Library, the collections therein, and our shared fascination with art and mortality. You can watch it above, or by clicking here.

For those of you unfamiliar with the library, the Morbid Anatomy Library is a research library and private collection open to the interested public. It makes available a collection of books, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts relating to medical museums, anatomical art, collectors and collecting, cabinets of curiosity, the history of medicine, death and mortality, memorial practice, art and natural history, arcane media, and other topics explored on this blog.

The library is part of the Proteus Gowanus Gallery Interdisciplinary Gallery and Reading Room, and is located in the Brooklyn, New York; directions can be found here. To make an appointment to visit the library in person, email More about the library here, here and here. You can find out more about the piece and Rocketboom by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Morbid Anatomy Library on You Tube

As mentioned in a previous post, a short segment about the Morbid Anatomy Library was included as part of a "Weird New York" episode of WPIX's "Toni On! New York." I just found out (thanks, Curio Society!) that the entire episode has been posted to You Tube. You can watch the segment featuring the library above; you can watch the entire episode divided over four segements by clicking here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Our Beloved Krampus Makes the Colbert Report!

Ok. As many of you know, I have long been a fan of Krampus, St. Nicholas' Eastern European, birch-switch-beating, lolling tongued, cloven-hooved, child-punishing side kick (more about him here). I learned of him and his mischevious, intriguing ways while living in Budapest, where Krampus continues to be a beloved part--and to my mind, the highlight of!--the Christmas season, joining St. Nicholas for all his public appearances, even at the local Burger King!

The saddest part about loving Krampus is the lack of any real recognition he earns this side of the Balkans. Well, this cultural injustice just been righted by, of all things, the Colbert Report! I kid you not. Its about time America caught up on what they're missing!

Check out Krampus on the Colbert Report by clicking here.

If this piques your interest, stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about the Observatory Krampus-themed Holiday party that will take place following Mark Dery's lecture on December 19th! If you'd like to learn more about the illustrious and mighty Krampus, a great source is the wonderful book The Devil in Design: The Krampus Postcards.

Click on image to see much larger version; image found here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Morbid Anatomy Library on the Tube! December 5th and 6th

Looks like The Morbid Anatomy Library's going to be on the tube!

A short segment about the library will be included in the upcoming "Weird New York" episode of WPIX's "Toni on! New York." The episode will air Saturday, December 5th at 7:30 PM and Sunday December 6th at 11:30 AM.

I am terrified to see what I look like on television, but the host asked lots of interesting questions, and the camera man spent lots of time with the taxidermied squirrels, the snake in formaldehyde, and some of my other favorite artifacts, so I think the segment can't be that bad...

More about "Toni on! New York" here. Photo by Eric Harvey Brown for Time Out New York; More here.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Anatomical Models Featured On The Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" Series

Really quite interesting! This segment of the Discovery Channel's "How It's Made" series is about contemporary, resin-based anatomical models, but touches briefly on wax anatomical models and the history of the form. You might be surprised to see how little has changed in model manufacture from the times of Auzoux to today, ie. how much is still done by hand; I suppose this explains the fact that they are never cheap to come by! You can view the episode segment by clicking here.

Found via a very interesting post about anatomical model production on Illustration Revealed blog; click here to visit that post.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Curious: Mind, Body, Planet, Universe

On the Leanoard Lopate show today, I heard about this great sounding new television series on Thirteen/WNET, premiering tonight. It is called "Curious: Mind, Body, Planet, Universe," and episodes will be available online as well as broadcast on television. The creator's intent is to create a new kind of science show, one that is character driven, one without an authoritative voice over, one that is entertaining and accessible. Listen to the story on the Leonard Lopate show here, and visit the program website here.