V Magazine #79
Styled by Jay Massacret



Animal Haus - Dazed & Confused June 2013



Around 1982 one of the Necrorealists found in a secondhand
bookshop a 1900 Russian edition of a book by the
Austrian forensic physician Eduard von Hofmann entitled
Atlas of Legal Medicine. They became mesmerized
by the book’s pictures of corpses and injured bodies, stories
of violent deaths that occurred in and around Vienna at the
turn of the century, and scientific explanations of the causes
of death and especially the transformations that took place
in the cadavers in the following days. Despite its unusual
content, the book looked like an exquisite art album that
evoked distant places and times; it had a beautiful leather
binding, fine color drawings, and old print fonts, and its pages
were yellowed with time.
Before they bought the book, the group’s activities had often focused on the body, involving strange clothes, nakedness,
insane behavior, etc., but now, remembers Kustov, they
“spontaneously stumbled on a corpse” and quickly developed
an interest in violent death, injuries, and processes of decomposition.
Corpses in the book were represented vertically to
simplify the reading of the wounds by medical students. This
orientation had an additional effect: “The vertical rotation
transformed the cadaver into a kind of a dead living being,
neither dead nor alive. This in-betweenness [promezhutochnoe
sostoianie] was very interesting. I called them noncorpses [netrupy].”
This effect made it easier to link the images of the cadavers into a narrative.
- Necro-Utopia: The Politics of Indistinction and the Aesthetics of the Non-Soviet by Alexei Yurchak




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Forest Sprite by Hajime Sawatari, 1973Also



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