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Extrapolated games

 

 

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Pippa Stalker/Tshabalala Telling Death (2006-)
Death plays a major theme in life, art and videogames. In Telling Death Pippa Stalker/Tshabalala has combined this elements into a new art project. It began in 2006 when she exhibited a series of photographs at The Parking Gallery in Johannesburg. The serie was entitled Simulation and consisted of approximately 1000 photographs of “people” she had killed in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now Pippa has taking the next step with the project: “And now comes the next step – telling your own version of their death. I want YOU to get involved in making something interesting and public by telling your own stories – stories of how these “people” died… Be creative, be weird, be out there, as long as you’re original – anything goes.” (quote from Pippa’s blog). On her blog, you can choose a picture and contribute with your own story.

 

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Ashley Blackman Marco Van Ginkel Study (2016)
Using a contemplative pace and minimal editing, Blackman’s work exemplifies the slow, ruminative machinima movement.

 

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Nabil Mir C-Art (2015)
C-Art is a video game that uses art education to cultivate interest of contemporary art. It teaches art by experiencing it. The game consists of a virtual gallery with doors that lead to galleries
based on art movements of the 20th to early 21st centuries. The artworks featured in the game are virtual representations of the original works. The game was created in Unity 3D.

 

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UBERMORGEN CHINESE GOLD (2004)
It mixes up the real “virtual” (the game) with the virtually “real” (money). In China there are over 2000 Online-Gaming Workshops that hire people (over 500.000) to play online games such as World of Warcraft (WoW) day and night. The gaming workers produce in-game currency, equipments, and whole characters that are sold to American and European Gamers via Ebay. These people are called „Chinese Gold Farmers”. The future is now! In Warcraft, it’s the currency itself that’s being overproduced, not just any product. That means it’ll take more units of that currency to exchange for any product. Inflation. The price of everything goes up. Everything you worked so hard to save up suddenly becomes worth so much less. The Warcraft economy appears to be on the lip of this plunge and administrators are taking steps to curb inflation. When they find a career farmer, they ban the character. Now the farming company has to re-buy the game and set up a new account. This makes the process of creating these goods overseas more expensive, and functions similar to a tariff (which is a protective tax). There is a balance, which in the real world, the Treasury, and the Federal Reserve, and International Organizations try to maintain. And by maintain, I mean getting as much cheap shit for themselves as possible without throwing the system completely out of whack. (In the finance industry, human rights is a footnote, if anything.) What lies ahead for the Warcraft economy? Let’s keep watching it in the future.

 

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Dan Pinchbeck Dear Esther (2008)
A deserted island… a lost man… memories of a fatal crash… a book written by a dying explorer. Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly triggered by moving around the environments, making every telling unique. Features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack. Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it’s because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial – What happened on the motorway – is the island real or imagined – who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all…

 

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Georgie Roxby Smith The Fall Girl (2012)
Placed as prop, non player, damsel in distress or sub-hero, the gaming female character is rarely a ‘player’ of any importance. Where female character heroes are in place, they are often overtly sexualized, such as the hyper real soft pornography of Lara Croft’s female form. The male gaze manifests itself bi-fold in an immersive environment populated by young men invested in hours of play and character’s own digital peers. The Fall Girl is a recreated death glitch which occurred whilst playing Skyrim. This death loop magnifies and distorts the violence against the female body and, in its relentlessness, begins to blur between the lines between intention – suicide, murder, accident or perpetual punishment. By removing the game play in between scenes, which when isolated are disturbing in their sharp focus, the viewer becomes critically aware of the hyper- representation of the character and the violence enacted against her. The protagonist is eternally and perpetually punished in an inescapable digital loop.

 

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Janek Simon Carpet Invaders (2002)
Carpet Invaders is an interactive installation. A computer game is projected onto the floor. The game’s graphic is taken from a 19th century Caucasians prayer rug. The game is a clone of an early arcade classic – Space Invaders. Ornaments found on the rug turned out to be almost identical as the original graphics of the game. The game can be played with a gamepad hanging next to the projection The sound resembles that of early consoles and eight bit computers.

 

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Riley Harmon What it is Without the Hand That Wields it (2008)
Violence is an inevitable, mechanical function of the human brain, hard-coded down through time by culture, genetics, and evolution. Mediated experiences of killing change our perception of violence and death. As players die in a public video game server for Counter-strike, a popular online first person shooter, the electronic solenoid valves spray a small amount of fake blood. The trails left down the wall create a physical manifestation of nebulous kills. In simple terms it is about manifesting experiences that are purely virtual, or only ‘real’ in a psychological sense, into the physical world – physical computing.

 

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Ollie Ma Open World (2016)
A young artist from Buckinghamshire, Ollie Ma is currently studying Photography at Nottingham Trent University. His practice deals “with feelings of dislocation and disconnection and has been informed by the theatrical conventions of epic theatre, as well as the form of storytelling pioneered by John Wyndham called logical fantasy”. Ma’s latest project is titled Open World and juxtaposes/integrates photographs taken in Grand Theft Auto V with views and portraits shot IRL, inviting the viewer to play a comparative game.

 

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Hunter Jonakin Jeff Koons Must Die (2011)
The game invites players to obliterate Koons’ artworks in a point-of-view style shooting game. Jonakin’s 2011 game is set in a Koons retrospective in which the player destroys Koons’ sculptures. Eventually, the player is attacked by curators, guards and lawyers beforing coming to a fatal end.

 

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Paolo Pedercini Welcome to the Desert of the Real (2006)
Welcome to the Desert of the Real is a rather straightforward appropriation and remix of two sources: footage taken in America’s Army and text from the “Post-traumatic stress disorder checklist (military version)”. The first is the successful first person shooter created by the US Army for recruitment and PR purposes; the latter is a self-diagnosis questionnaire for veterans potentially affected by PTSD. Both elements come from military institutions, but by juxtaposing them I hoped to challenge their order of discourse. America’s Army is a propagandistic representation of war, because it’s an action packed game that presents an ideal battlefield with no civilian or social fabric, where two symmetrical and clearly distinct teams fight each other in a paintball game fashion. And worst of all, this is presented as a realistic approximation of the military experience. You don’t need to be deployed in Iraq to detect the multiple levels of mystification here.

 

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Anders Visti PONGdrian v1.0 (2007)
Anders Visti’s PONGdrian v1.0 is a game that mixes the videogame PONG with the art of Piet Mondrian. Two players can play against each other, and the game has four levels. In every level there is a painting by Piet Mondrian in the middle. When the ball hits the painting it starts to crumble into small pieces of squares and rectangles and creating new abstract patterns based on the players performance. PONGdrian was first exhibited at the Møstings Hus, København in May 2007.

 

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David Borawski burn out and erased by the first rain (2010)
Borawski shot this video in/with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. This machinima illustrates the notion of “going around in circles”. As the artist explains, “The virtual biker does an extended circular burn out, using the motorcycle’s image of freedom and rebellion as a starting point. The video alternates normal speed and slo-mo, with a cross dissolve that expands and then reverts.

 

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Yuichiro Katsumoto Amagatana (2009)
The ordinary umbrella, a common weapon against the dreary weather, becomes an imaginative device for solo augmented- reality gaming. In an attempt to brighten everyday commutes through the city, the player swings the umbrella to hit an invisible opponent’s blade. A self-contained performance, the piece turns jousting into an endlessly entertaining form of independent gameplay.

 

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Hugo Arcier Ghost City (2016)
In Hugo Arcier’s new installation, the architecture of Grand Theft Auto becomes a reflective and ruminative experience. Inspired by Lucrece’s De rerum natura, Ghost City immerses the viewer in a phantasmatic urban environment, devoid of (artificial) life. The atmospheric score by Bernard Szajner makes the experience eerie and haunting.

 

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foci + loci Flotonium Snowdrift and Moonfield (2010)
Treating the map editors in video games as virtual sound stages, foci + loci create immersive electro-acoustic spaces with virtual instruments and timed audiovisual events. Saving and replaying digital game data, camera movement in space can be disassociated from time, changing traditional filmic relationships. We are interested in exploring the topological treatment of time and space afforded by game engines.

 

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Workspace Unlimited THEY WATCH (2009)
They Watch is an immersive art installation with virtual characters literally watching visitors. Several duplicates of the virtual characters – one man, one woman, and both portraits of the artists – surround and interact with visitors, who are tracked as they move about the physical space, and even projected into the virtual space. Years of research and development with game-technology have resulted in a 360° audio-visual environment, exploiting a 15-meter-wide panoramic screen and a 32-channel sound system. The subtle collaboration of the real and virtual agents and environments conflate to engender a hybrid space where the observer becomes the observed. Figuratively wearing a virtual camera causes the on-screen characters to approach and to retreat, analogously altering the soundtrack; characters that, as visitors will come to discover, are aware of their presence. They watch. Visitors’ movements activate visual cues and affect the characters’ spontaneous, unscripted behaviors, so that the installation’s visual and sonic compositions are uniquely influenced by the visit. The piece becomes a composition in movement whereby non-linear blends of real and virtual force visitors to consider perspective, agency, and the distinction between authentic and imagined as They Watch.

 

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Akihito Taniguchi 浅草クレイジーホース倶楽部♯2 / BROADJ♯1832 (2016)
Akihiko Taniguchi is an artist working and living in Japan. He teaches at Musashino Art Univ and Joshibi University of Art and Design. He creates installations, performances and video works using self-built devices and software. In recent years, he concentrates on net art work. and sometimes VJing. Main exhibitions include “dangling media” (“emergencies! 004” at “Open Space 2007,” ICC, Tokyo, 2007), “Space of Imperception” (Radiator Festival, UK, 2009), “redundant web” (Internet, 2010) “[Internet Art Future?]” (ICC, Tokyo, 2012) and more.

 

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Michiel van der Zanden Pwned Paintings #1 & Pwned Paintings #2 (2008)
Michiel van der Zanden is a visual artist fascinated by the language of games and 3D graphics. Growing up playing playing first-person shooters and looking at virtual environments through the eyes of a painter, van der Zanden realized that digital media artists use techniques similar to those applied by traditional artists to generate illusions. Van der Zanden is not simply fascinated by games. He sees in gaming an attempt to recreate daily life phenomena through simulation. This desire can also be found in children’s toys and amusement parks, model making, and advertising. Van der Zanden’s practice combines realistic painting and computer generated imagery. His work is characterized by a constant interaction between the real and virtual, between classical painting and digital imaging. The outcome is a painting style that looks like it was produced by a computer program, but also overly synthetic sculptures and software-based videos.

 

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Mark Essen Booloid (2009)
Mark Essen aka messhof has always been known for making unconventional, not to mention tough, games. Booloid (a sequel to Bool) is one of his earlier works and plays out like one big balancing act – you control a ship and must rescue stranded Boolians with your tractor beam, as well as sucking up purple liquid (when you see a pool of it) to keep your ship cool so that you may keep on flying. You must also try and make sure you do not touch the landscape, which will bring your energy down significantly, although it will recharge after a certain period. Ship parts can be found (also sucked up with your handy tractor beam) and later used to upgrade your ship. You get three lives but fortunately there are save spots throughout the game. Graphically, the game takes a sharp-lined, minimalist approach, using only a few bright colours to illustrate surroundings. It works.

 

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Feng Mengbo The Long March: Restart (2009)
With “Q4U” the Chinese New Media Artist Feng Mengbo introduced Game Art to the international art scene at Documenta 11. His latest work is a videogame called Restart based on the “Long March: Game Over”, a series of 42 oil paintings made in 1994, which links the Long March, (a famous Chinese military campaign, from 1934 to 1936, led by which Mao Zedong) with signs of popular entertainment as videogames. The paintings resemble screen shots from early home gaming system, with digitized Red Army solider who hurls cans of Coca-Cola at his enemies, with a cast of characters that range from Street Fighters to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The videogame is an interactive installation based on the paintings.

 

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Jason Rohrer Passage (2007)
Passage, created by Jason Rohrer, is an exercise in gaming minimalism. Made for korokomi’s gamma 256 competition, It’s only five minutes long, it weighs in at less than 500kb, it takes place on a 100×16 field of pixels, and it only requires the arrow keys. It’s also one of the most clever, meaningful, affecting, and memorable games ever made. To say too much about Passage before you’ve played it — to describe how I played through it, and how it affected me — is to spoil it. Passage is about life: what it feels like, how we live it, and how we find happiness. There is no true “right” or “wrong” way the play the game, and much of Passage’s brilliance can only be understood through completing it yourself. Let it be known, however, that whatever emotions you feel, whatever symbolism you notice, or whatever meaning you derive from the game’s movement and visual mechanics, were all totally intentional. The “games as art” debate is officially over.

 

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Pippin Barr The Artist is Present (2011)
Computer game research professor and author of the upcoming book How To Play A Video Game Pippin Barr has made a subversively boring game called The Artist is Present. It simulates the experience of waiting in line to see contemporary artist Marina Abramović, who held an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010. Her show, also titled “The Artist is Present,” created a frenzy of media attention and hours-long waits for the chance to sit across from Abramović and look into her eyes for as long as you wanted. “I wanted to make a video game about art, [and] few works of contemporary art have that kind of famousness and stature that this [exhibit did],” Barr told me in a phone interview from Copenhagen this morning. “At first I just thought a game about this would be hilarious, but then I realized there could be some seriousness to it as well. No one has ever really made a video game about the experience of contemporary art.” He was unconcerned that the game might seem outdated, seeing as it came to life over a year after the show closed. “I don’t really think of it as that tied to the actual exhibit. It’s more about art in general.” Barr’s game, designed in delightfully old-fashioned graphics, compels you to—spoiler alert—go to the museum, pay for a ticket, walk through a couple of galleries (bedecked with 8-bit versions of such paintings as Starry Night) and then get at the back of a long line of 8-bit people. The game itself is set to the museum’s hours, so players can only enjoy it when MoMA is open (Eastern Standard Time, of course). “It’s also closed on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas,” Barr adds.

 

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Brent Watanabe San Andreas Deer Cam (2016)
Artist Brent Watanabe modified Grand Theft Auto V: San Andreas to create the San Andreas Deer Cam. In other words, it’s a deer wandering the world of GTA V. And that’s all. Watching this deer interact with the game world is mesmerizing, at times hilarious, and often soothing. As I watch the deer now, he’s wandering around a street at sunset, as passing cars honk and drivers curse at him. Earlier, he was wandering the beach. Before that, he wandered into a knife fight, then ran away.

 

 

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p.s. Hey. ** Damien Ark, Hi. Pretty nice costume resume there. I haven’t heard the new Tim Hecker, but, yeah, I’ll be quite surprised if it’s not so hot. I’m not anti-prog by any means. You should see my record collection from the ’70s back in LA, but it’s true I haven’t dipped in there much of late. King Crimson is playing about three blocks from me in November, and I’m debating. Haven’t heard the Basinski either. I’m behind. Will so be there. Take it easy. ** Jamie, Hi, bud. I think my faves are fairly lined up with yours. Buy ghoulish stuff! If there was even half-decent ghoulish stuff for sale in Paris, I would do the same. Can’t spill the good news yet, but I will when officialdom arrives. Things are … good, I guess. The ARTE meeting is this afternoon. I dread it severely. Like I think I said here maybe, there is kind of no possible news from there that could be good. Better bad or really bad. We’ll see. Still finishing proposal docs for the new film so we can get everything translated. Waiting to hear if we get any funding from a couple of early asks. Oh, wow, RIP to your job. Because of the Brussels move? Do you still play with The Pastels? Yeah, MMtC … who has the guts to make TV like that these days? Nobody, as far as I can tell. It’s all genre stuff with stylish infusions. I really quite like the second Burton Batman movie, the one with Danny De Vito as the Penguin, but otherwise the 60s TV show is definitely the Batman high watermark, I think. My Wednesday: hang out with pals Michael, Bene, kiddo Milo, and Zac over in the 16th. Then Zac and I scoped out our theme park-oriented road trip to Germany next week, which we’ll cement with hotel reservations, etc. today. Some PGL schmoozing. Ate some rice. Not a huge day, but all right. May Thursday make you feel the way people presumably felt when they saw The Beatles in concert in 1965. Surfacing submarine love, Dennis. ** JM, Yay, disconcertion is the golden gate to genius. Well, then I hope your day is a microcosm of your favorite century. ** _Black_Acrylic, Ha ha, you were an infinitely better dead Steve Jobs than that loser. I was just told yesterday that an artist I know you like, and me too, Lucy McKenzie, is going to write me an email. I wonder why. ** Steve Erickson, Ha, well, not exactly, but my character does tell Sagat’s character that if he beats the shit out of the boy I’ve replaced him with, I’ll give him some money, so my character is not a shining armour-wearing type. I saw Christophe’s new film, yeah. I’m mixed about it. I’ve been wanting to see ‘In My Room’ for a while. Well, a short while, but still. ** Misanthrope, Gosh, thanks for your permission, sir. I’ll use it wisely. Maybe. Probably not. But maybe. Authoritative? Me? What do you mean? I’m blanking. If there was ever a year when the world needs a really fucking great, intense Halloween, it’s this year. ** Corey Heiferman, Hi. Yeah, it was a goodie, right? I was never a Trekkie. Oh, wait, I was pretty into ‘The Next Generation’, and that character (in the video) especially, so thank you. I did a whole post devoted to Will Wheaton’s Ensign Crusher here years ago. Maybe I should restore it. Or … maybe not. Never heard of Caterina Barbieri before. What a hype-y title on that article. I’ll peruse it and listen. Thank you for that too. Oh, gotcha, about the English pollution. Hm, no, you know, people say the French are all fascist about their language, but, in the reality I know, they all sprinkle their French with English tidbits and don’t seem to blink when others do. There’s a beautiful abandoned theme park on the edge of Berlin: Spreepark. There’s Filmpark Babelsberg, which I haven’t been to but that doesn’t look so exciting. But, otherwise, there really isn’t a bonifiably good theme park near Berlin. They’re all in the west of Germany. Why, I don’t know. ** Okay. There are some odd, fun, interesting games up there for you if you’re game. See you tomorrow.

Halloween costumery tips, alerts, items, and possibilities *

* Halloween countdown post #2 (restored)


 

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Bleed the Boy, $7.39
‘Our mask for recent production, so there are basic tastes, but as long as the kiss after receiving put ventilated place under the ventilation + sun to illuminate the taste of a period of time will gradually dissipate. Full head mask, terrorist without limit, want to stimulate, want to crazy choose this paragraph, let you the night before all saints incarnation as the evil spirits, on the PARTY out of the limelight. Note: China post Air Mail To he world fast or slow,advice Dear customers choose appropriate mailing method, in order to avoid delays Halloween.’ — aliexpress.com

 

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Boy’s Head in a Jar nfs

 

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Rabbits, nfs

 

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2014 new cross dress silicone tight party female halloween, $1,250.00
‘Item Code: 190471199. Buy Directly from China Suppliers:1AM SEX DOLL COMPANYCHINA NO.1 SEX DOLL SUPPLIERWe promises: You will get 100% same as below picture dolls. Thickness. Quantity: 1 Piece. Package Size: 55.0 * 43.0 * 28.0 ( cm ). Gross Weight/Package: 6.0 ( kg ).’ –dhgate.com

 

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Masque squelette noir adulte, 4.99€
‘Ce masque de squelette noir pour adulte est en PVC rigide. Il sera parfait pour compléter votre tenue lors de vos soirées déguisées ou à thème. Disponibilité Taille Unique 4D2LA115, Commandez avant 15h, Votre commande est expédiée le Jour Même! Matière PVC’ — deguisetoi.fr

 

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Nicolas Cage Costume, nfs

 

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New Novetly Festive Tokyo Ghoul Mask, $21.84
‘Type: Party Masks,Grimace. Mask Material: PU. Color: Black,Red,White. Brand Name: no. Age Group: Adults. Occasion: Party. Cover Area: Full Face. Model Number: SH-COS-108. Note: Since Russia post new policy about full name, pls every buyer offer your full name before you pay in your billing address. Thanks for your great cooperation!’ — Jean Zhou

 

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Clockwork Alex Costume nfs

 

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Self-Portrait, nfs

 

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Priest Costume, $176.95
‘This Pedophile Priest Costume will inspire them to “confess”. Our Pedophile Priest Costume includes a pull over robe with hook and loop closures, a white collar and stole, and an attached “boy” figure made of cloth and plastic that is as light as a scarecrow. Communion wafers not included. Adult Priest Costume includes: Robe, White collar, Stole, Attachable/detachable boy.’ — partymania.org

 

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Masque siamois adulte Halloween, 69.99€
‘Effrayant! Ce masque de siamois pour adulte est en latex souple. Il représente deux visages siamois effrayants. Des cheveux sont cousus sur le dessus et il vous couvrira entièrement la tête. Il sera idéal pour effrayer vos amis lors de votre soirée d’Halloween ou autre événement déguisé.’ — deguisetoi.fr

 

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Penholder, nfs

 

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Man-Dog, nfs
‘The Brazilian man, who has not been identified by name, offered an undisclosed but huge sum of money to doctors to transplant his face with a real dog’s face. The doctor transplanted the man’s facial features, like ears, nose, lips, and eyebrows, with parts obtained from the severed head of a dead dog.’ — The Brazilian man, who has not been identified by name, offered an undisclosed but huge sum of money to doctors to transplant his face with a real dog’s face. The doctor transplanted the man’s facial features, like ears, nose, lips, and eyebrows, with parts obtained from the severed head of a dead dog.’ — noa

 

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Ice Bucket Challenge Costume, $39.99
‘ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a serious illness that destroys nervous cells and lives. The Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest craze in “slacktivism” that helps raise awareness and donations to fund research in the ongoing struggle to end this terrible disease. Features: Bucket with Faux Water Film, White Tulle Tunic with Faux Ice Cubes, Cube Tray.’ — brandsonsale.com

 

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Unique Pvc Mask Christmas Scary Corpse, $92.40
‘Size: 18*15.6cm. Material: pvc. There may be color shading between the products and ones in pictures. Take the material object as the standard. We will send by EMS, DHL and UPS. It depends on the shipping cost and shipping time. That is, we may send by EMS though we write DHL. Thank you for understanding.’ — aliexpress.com

 

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Untitled nfs

 

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Pinocchio and Geppetto, $60
‘Here’s my son Rhett as Geppetto and Pinocchio. Don’t be confused, this is a one person costume featuring Rhett as Pinocchio’s top half and Geppetto’s bottom half. Geppetto’s torso was created out of a block of Styrofoam packed into a backpack and then fitted with a long sleeve shirt and yellow dishwashing gloves painted in peach for his hands. His head was simple – a Styrofoam wig holder with a Regis Feldman mask and a few added features like the mustache and white hair which we made using fun fur. Pinocchio’s overall straps are actually the back pack straps, then Pinocchio’s body is attached to that. In order to transition it all together we handmade a huge apron with paint splattered on it. Geppetto’s legs are actually Rhett’s legs.’ — Gail M., League City, Texas

 

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Leather Hawk Mask, €99.10 (only 1 available)
‘Become a bird of vision and power, a messenger and protector to those that see you on your next outing. Hawks are attributed with keen sight and with being a catalyst to greater creative energy and spiritual vision. The hawk has become an important symbol for me, hence my shop name, the Hawk & Deer. For me, the hawk is a representation of strength, courage in new endeavors, and new perspectives. This mask has individually defined leather feathers framing the face, and an attached shiny leather beak. Each stage of the process is hand done – the design, cutting, forming, painting, carving and finishing. Each mask has its own unique characteristics as a result of the organic nature of leather. The leather guides where the mask will go and what it will become. These pieces revel in the unique qualities of leather, the art of carving and painting.’ — Hawk & Deer

 

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Kid Centaur, nfs

 

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1985 HULK HOGAN COSTUME, $39.99
‘VERY RARE ITEM. IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION SHOWING ONLY MINOR WEAR. THE RUBBER BAND IS BROKEN AND WILL NEED REPLACED. THE BOX IS TIGHTLY BOUND AND HAS A SLIT IN THE CELLOPHANE ABOUT 2 INCHES LONG NEAR HIS CHIN. MEDIUM 8-10 FITS CHILD 47″ TO 52″ TALL. MADE IN USA.’ — snake120_0

 

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Pregnancy costumes, nfs

 

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Fantastic Scary Halloween Latex New Rubber Mask, $18.00
‘I am selling a brand new, latex, scary head mask. There really isn’t much more to say…it is what it is. We’ve discovered yet another universal truth – a person wearing this Mask looks downright disturbing. But don’t take our word for it, wear this latex mask to your next social function and watch as people scramble to avoid you. Fits most adult heads. GREATEST. PURCHASE. EVER. There is virtually no place where this mask of awesomeness is not appropriate. This is the greatest purchase I’ve ever made here. Excellent for online dating! I am BEGGED by people to wear this over their houses. This mask is totally insanely awesome!!! Bagged with illustrated tag.” — Hell Man

 

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Jimmy Savile, £14.99
‘Amazon has withdrawn from sale a Jimmy Savile Halloween costume after the fright-night uniform shocked shoppers. The online retailer had been promoting the costume but backtracked in the face of consumer anger and took the product out of circulation. Viewers were shown a version of “Britain’s worst paedophile” dressed in his trademark tracksuit and medallion, complete with blood dripping from his mouth and death mask white face paint. An oversized cigar was also provided with the £14.99 outfit – drawing additional criticism on the grounds that it would encourage children to start smoking.’ — ibtimes.co.uk

 

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Nazi Halloween costume, nfs

 

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Mutated Cannibal, nfs
‘The face took 7 hours to make and the dress took about an hour. The dress was cut up, made to look dirty and liquid latex on it. I also added fake blood to the dress to make it look like I had ate/killed another mutant. The face is all latex (not a mask) with make-up on it to match my skin. There is also fake blood on it and “sores” on my face, chest, arms, shoulders, and back. We mixed liquid latex and lotion to give the sores a “puss” look. The lotion turns to a yellow color when it sits for a while which is perfect for “sores”. I made my hair look as messy as possible with only hair spray. I wore this out to a Halloween bash on Saturday night and I was not able to see out of one eye and I could only fit a straw in my mouth.’ — Kim

 

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Matchstick Figure, nfs
‘YouTube user Visual Burrito made an LED Halloween costume for his 22-month- old daughter which made his daughter look like a matchstick figure in the dark.’ — vingle.net

 

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Goodbye Costume, nfs

 

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Zombie Steve Jobs Costume, nfs

 

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Latex Halloween Masquerade Masks Scary Horrific With 16 Designs, $195.00
‘These Latex Halloween Masquerade Masks Scary Zombie Masks Horrific Vampire Masks For Halloween are made from latex,Very cool and horrific. There are more than 16 deisigns for this item,we will ship random to you,If you do need to specify designs ,please contact us to confirm.’ — hongkongmasks.com

 

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Caught in a Mousetrap Costume, nfs

 

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Láir Bhán, nfs
‘An early 20th-century Irish Halloween mask (a “rhymer” or a “vizor”) donned by people to disguise their identities on All Hallows’ Eve when the dead were provided with one last chance to gain vengeance on their enemies before moving to the next world.’ — maskhist

 

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Rob Ford Vacuform Mayor Mask, $26.99
‘The Mayor of Toronto is back – in the form of latex! This Rob Ford mask puts you in charge of zany hijinx, meetings and all sorts of other fun action! The possibilities for fun are limitless! RoFo action at its best! If inventory shows ‘temporarily out of stock’, please place your pre-order. More masks are on their way!’ — Amazing Party Store

 

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Realistic Spider Insect Costume $3,811.76
‘First, getting through single doors might be an issue and also constant knocking into something or someone and annoying them is inevitable. It comes with a realtime electronic voice changer with several voice options, so your identity is totally covered. Also, it has a flicking tongue (yea, that’s the crimson thingy right in middle of the mask) to get conversation going in case this knock-everything-down costume does not managed to get the fair amount of attention it deserve.’ — Mike Shouts

 

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Car Seat Costume, nfs

 

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Suicide Bomber, nfs
‘Well there’s not to much explaining to do besides for the how-to. The costume is pretty straight forward. But be warned you can possibly get in trouble in some areas and around some people. I never had a single issue but I cant say that goes for you too. Supplies: Outfit: Tactical vest, camo pants, black t-shirt, black beanie, black hair dye and the head band. The vests are easy to find on craigslist, airsoft forums/stores and local army surplus stores. The head band was simply made by green fabric held together with iron on glue strips. Walmart has them. Suicide Bomb belt: Styro Foam blocks, colored wire, red duct tape, black electrical tape, zip ties, hair pins and some type of harness. The explosives: Christmas light bulbs, electrical tape, a candle, little cup of water, hand held bush trimmers or any type of smooth sliding pliers with two sharp blades near the pivot point. The little snip snip rose garden cutters works better tho. The fire crackers you will need are the cheap ones with the grey wicks. The green wicks really don’t ignite well from the light bulb. 1. Cut the Christmas lights in 2’s, 3’s, 4’s or what ever amount you want. I like 2 bulbs per strand. Snip the ends so the wire is showing. Twist it tight. 2. Light the candle. Place the very tip right over the flame so its just barely touching. It should take 3-5 seconds to get black. Once it turns black dip it in the water then right after snip the very tip of the bulb off. If you hold the cutters on the very tip and slide them back to the main body you can feel the edge. The goal is to expose the filament and not breaking the wire between the little probes in the bulb. Practice makes perfect. 3. Cut the wicks of the fire crackers shorter so it just stays around the filament. You don’t want it to bunch up. Then gently tape it up. Don’t put a lot of tape on the firecracker because then the nature of the explosion will be different. Detonator: Spice jar, 2 9volt connectors, momentary push button switch, wire, tape, and a hook. 1. Wrap the jar in black tape and make some type of hook so you don’t have to hold it all the time. 2. Hook the two 9 volt connectors red to red, black to black so you get 18volts. 3. Drill a hole in the lid to place the button. 4. Run the red 9volt wire to one side of the push button, the black wire to a longer wire that will reach to the bomber belt and get another long wire and connect it to the other side of the push button. On the ends of the long wires attach alligator clips. 5. Stuff all the wires in the jar. Once you attach the alligator clips to the firecrackers it will only take a second for the 18volts to cook the filament. Once that burns it ignite the wick and make costume magic.’ — Coolest Homemade Costumes

 

 

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p.s. RIP Annette Michelson, Paul Virilio. ** Corey Heiferman, Hi. Oh, that’s cool: you recording you reading it. Huh. I think those new Paris urinals have already been removed. That’s what I read. The fact that they were male-only caused a big outcry here, and I think that problem, plus other unknown factors, led to their swift demise, I’m told. That flight simulator game thing does look very curious. Thank you, man. I’ll check it. Totally understandable about your idea of pure devotion to Hebrew. You had me at Bresson, ha ha. Mm, I think the zealot is pretty strong in me. I’d have to ask bystanders, but I think it’s pretty firm. Great day to you. ** Sypha, Hi, James. I’ve seen at least some of your FB reports on SHENMUE, and I’m ever more interested and yet wary to get it, fearing that interest’s pull. Dennis Potter is pretty great, yeah. I’d like to revisit his stuff. ** Damien Ark, Hi, D! Glad you’re feeling better, and so sorry you had that two week suffering bout. No, I’m not going to Japan next month. I don’t get to tour with the shows. I’m one too many bits of expensive baggage, and I’m the first thing to get cut. I’m used to it, and, yeah, I’m not needed. But Zac and I are determined to get to Japan before winter is over, in December or maybe January. Good to see you! ** Steve Erickson, I missed that Simon Reynolds piece, but I’ll head to it today. The film of Christophe’s that I acted in — ‘Man au Bain’/’Man at Bath’ — was quite a few films ago for him. I play a guy who lives in the Paris suburbs and collects art and had been paying a character played by Francois Sagat for sex regularly but who now has a new boy I pay for sex, and my big scene involves me rejecting Francois’s character’s sexual advances rather meanly. I hope I don’t jinx it on my end by wishing you the very best of luck with the exciting sounding film programming project. ** Chris Cochrane, Hi, Chris! Thanks, yeah, it’s interesting to have my head, or part of it, back in my dormant novel. Now if I can only find time to actually work on it. Thank you again about ‘PGL’. I’m over the bad news, thanks. I’m luckily someone whose gloomy moods pass quickly. Your tooth! That was nuts! I’m glad it’s getting repaired, and hopefully not at too daunting an expense. Want to see the Spike Lee. I hope I didn’t miss its theater run here. I’ll give Zac your best, and he will no doubt return your greeting. THEM forward movement would be awesome, of course. Hm, shit, I don’t in fact remember the title of that Bolano book. I just checked my bookshelves, and it’s not there, which means it’s probably in LA, so, no, very sorry. Take good care, pal. ** Jamie, Good morning to you! I’m fairly good, thank you, and you? Mm, you would think the Artaud event was recorded, especially given that it was so spectacle-oriented, and it probably was, but I don’t remember seeing any cameras filming it. Hm. Sub-Suicide is a lure. I’ll tiptoe into their stuff with your caveat in mind. No, the bad news wasn’t horribly bad, and we’ve had some fairly good news since, so I’m back in my Optimist costume. Tuesday was kind of uneventful, I think. Work and emails. Pre-TV show meeting (tomorrow) prep/steeling. Not a lot. Ha ha, I was obsessively in love with the 60s Batman TV series as a teen, so thank you. May your Wednesday be as ‘good’ as a similarly timed, much derided but beloved (by me) 60s TV series whose premise was that the main character’s mother was reincarnated as a car and whose opening credits went like this. Gabba tempo love, Dennis. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Oh, right, that booklet. Ultimately it’s fine and no big, but it is a little strange that the powers that be asked for writing from us that was supposedly intended only for the event’s program but that is now a book being sold separately. But whatever. Enjoy if you can. ** Nik, Hi, Nik. Oh, right, rights’ issues re: filming. iPhone at least maybe? That makes sense and is interesting about the transition into writer identity and how that freed up your interest in performing. Yeah, understood. Let me add my crossed fingers, should they be needed, for your story. How was it received? Me: I’m trying to work on some boring but necessary proposal documents re: funding Zac’s and my new film because, after the ARTE meeting tomorrow, I imagine I will be unhappily stuck laboring over that script revision for the next long time. Bon chance! ** JM, KS is someone to definitely taste and see what happens. Yeah, honestly, I’m just dead tired of talking or thinking about the JT Leroy thing. It was an obnoxious little blip in my personal life that’s being given this grotesque zombie afterlife by all these documentaries and films and stuff. The JT thing had no effect on my writing whatsoever. My first boyfriend when I was 17 was a street prostitute, as were a number of my friends, and the JT persona and bullshit brought nothing new whatsoever to me about that subject. So, yeah, there are no references to him or clues or hidden impact from that prank in my work at all. Try Franzen if you want. I did. I thought it was just one of the epitomes of your basic writing school cookie-cutter fiction gussied up with a bunch of faux literary affect and hand-me-down post-modern tropey structural overlays. So, yeah, ha ha. Day of days to you. ** Right. I decided to bring back this old, once-dead, now-re-living Halloween post because … I don’t know … it caught my eye? See you tomorrow.

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