The Morbid Anatomy Transmission is the official podcast of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum is an exhibition, library, and event space that explores "the intersections of death, beauty, and that which falls between the cracks." On this podcast, host Molly McBride Jacobson interviews event hosts, experts, and eccentrics on topics relating to death culture and obscure history.
The Morbid Academy Series, with Mitch Horowitz
The Morbid Academy Series begins this month on February 25th with a conversation between authors and weird historians Mitch Horowitz and Robert Damon Schneck (that is, they study weird history; I can't speak to their personal eccentricities). The series will cover the "ill-considered and the unknown", as Horowitz, the host, invites scholars and artists alike to discuss the histories we don't talk enough about.
Abstracted Peepshows, with M.M. Serra and Josh Lewis
There was a point in time not so long ago when, for a nickel or so, one could enter a booth in the back of a seedy bookstore to watch a grainy film of a woman undressing. It wasn't quite porn but certainly wasn't family-friendly - it was a peep! Out of the remnants of this era M.M. (short for Mary Magdalene) Serra and Josh Lewis have created "Enduring Ornament", an avant garde take on bodies, sexuality, gender, and the medium of film itself.
Criminal Insanity, with Judy Jackson
The "criminally insane" defense and all its trappings (longer sentences, institutionalization and treatment, etc.) are not as old as you think they are. Judy Jackson tells us about the history of this diagnosis, and imagines what life in the asylum must have been like way back when.
Kraftwerk, with Stephen Vesecky
4 German automatons changed music forever in the 70s. Stephen tells us how.
You can listen to Stephen's music here: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-vesecky
The Kraftwerk songs featured at the end of the episode are "Uranium" and "Hall of Mirrors."
PETITE MORT 01: Rosie Sharp's "Spirit Post"
Dia de Los Muertos was last week, and to celebrate, here's a short, sweet interview with Rosie Sharp (sarahrosesharp.com) on the ofrenda installation she did for the Detroit Institute of the Arts. She called it "The Spirit Post", and offered visitors postcards to send to their dead. After the exhibition came down, Rosie found her job as mailman for the spirits wasn't over yet.
Sword Swallowing, with the Lady Aye
Ilise Carter, a.k.a. the Lady Aye, tells me all about the history of sword swallowing - generally and personally. From mystical beginnings to low class entertainment to a revival in burlesque and sideshow, the craft has always been hard work.
Sorry for bad sound. Buy me a Tascam recorder if it bothers you! ;)