Coligny (Celtic) Calendar, the origin of Halloween
The Coligny calendar was found in Coligny, Ain, France in 1897. The lunisolar calendar can be seen at the Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. It was engraved on a bronze tablet, preserved in 73 fragments, that was originally about 5 feet wide by 3½ feet in height. Based on the style of lettering and the accompanying objects, it probably dates to the end of the 2nd century CE. It is written in Latin inscriptional capitals and is in the Gaulish language. The restored tablet contains sixteen vertical columns, with 62 months distributed over five years.The calendar year began with Samonios, which is usually assumed to correspond to Old Irish Samhain, giving an autumn start to the new year.
Samhain was seen as a time when the ‘door’ to the Otherworld opened enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings, to come into our world. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. It has thus been likened to a festival of the dead. People also took steps to protect themselves from harmful spirits, which is thought to have led to the custom of disguising themselves in costume as ghouls and spooks to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering about during this time.
when kai fagerström happened upon an old cottage in rural suomusjärvi, finland, abandoned decades ago, he began to document its new residents.
there were badger cubs born under the floorboards, who now used the fireplace as an entrance. there was a raccoon dog pup who would drop in every night at the same time. there was a pygmy owl who would try to catch the home’s voles. there were red squirrels who had built their dreys inside the house. and there was a fox pup, seen peeking out from a cat door, that had taken up in the dilapidated shed.
"there’s consolation in the idea that nature is reclaiming the places it has lent to people," he says, adding that when enters the house “it’s like stepping back in time. the past lingers in the corners.” it’s not just the animals that interest him, but the people no longer there. “who were they? what was their daily life like?”
to get his shots of these human weary animals, fagerström typically envisions an image first and then plans it out. he’ll set his camera at the perfect angle, throw out peanuts as bait, and wait patiently for wildlife to wander into the picture frame. “sometimes you get lucky, but often it takes all night,” he says. “every so often a shot is pure happenstance.”
Bill Domonkos’ hypnotic gifs, made from vintage photos and archival photos, will entrance you. The artist talks to Co.Create about why he makes them.
Wonderfully strange way to start the day.
Susan Tiemann returns to Aperture next week on Synthetic PictureHaus, so in the meantime, enjoy the music video for Danielle Ate the Sandwich’s newest single, “Pet Store.”
Our friends made a video! Great work, guys!
Bill Nye will be a contestant on this year’s Dancing With The Stars. Not sure whether to be excited or sad. I’ll go with excited, by a nose.
You can head over to Gizmodo’s Summer Science Symposium at 1 PM Eastern today to ask him about it! Bill will be answering questions for an hour over there. While you’re there, you can view past discussions with Phil “The Bad Astronomer” Plait, Henry Reich from MinutePhysics and other very smart folks.
This is the best news. This is the worst news.
This show is tonight. There’s no cover and there’s a couple freebies; however, there are several artists who will be peddling some of their posters/prints/zines/poems. Everything will be set up for your viewing/listening pleasure around 8:30.
Brick & Mortar General Store
The Scrumptious Ice Creamer truck
First of all, tell us who is who/who plays what?
Jared Meyer plays guitar and sings, Alex Bailey plays bass and sometimes sings harmonies and Mitch Keller plays drums.
Denver Doldrums is a celebration of local flavor featuring artists, musicians, a mobile general store and an ice cream truck. Here are some generic questions and our (Bizarre Learning Center) sort-of-serious, sort-of-joking answers:
- AM = AJ Morocco (guitar)
- LM = Laura Morocco (bass)
- PF = Patrick Farrell (drums)
(This is what we look like when we’re recording in our practice space (aka, the Radon Room; aka, Patrick’s basement). AJ and Patrick get shit done while I (Laura) look pissed off and stall.)
Denver Doldrums is a celebration of local flavor featuring artists, musicians, a mobile general store and (of course) an ice cream truck. We asked featured artist, Brandton Manshel a few questions about his work:
How did you get started as a visual artist?
My Grandma made me do it.