Category Archives: video

Video from 2006 Car Crash Show

This Halloween weekend Art of Bleeding will be returning to The Steve Allen Theater to present an enlarged (“inflamed”? “engorged”?) version of our 2006 Halloween car crash show.   This excerpted video, shot by Chuck Cirino of Weird TV, should give you a taste of what lies in store for guests of our 2011 extravaganza. The man with the mic is one of our returning perfomers Danny Shorago of The Fuxedos, America’s favorite apocalyptic comedy art-rock band. Music is “Gambled and Lost” from  The Art of Bleeding’s Music from the Magic Ambulance.

 

The Art of Bleeding in 28 Seconds

It’s been going on for over 100 posts now, and amid all the curious paramedical lore and imagery presented, I’m realizing that a fairly small percentage of these have actually touched up The Art of Bleeding itself, your friendly hosts and the medically themed performance group this blog was originally intended to promote. So here, in a grand total of 28 seconds, I offer a brief description — inadequate perhaps, but at least visually stimulating. Of course you can also read about us in the “About” section of this site.

William Burroughs: Dr Benway Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgpfmehW7iE

Thanks, Skary Nurse, for reminding us about this video….

(From Wikipedia)

Benway is the name of a character in many of William S. Burroughs’ novels, including Naked Lunch. Usually referred to as “Dr. Benway” or “Doc Benway,” (his first name is not revealed), he was used by the author to parody the medical profession and, perhaps, the misuses of science in general. More of a maverick surgical artist than a doctor, Benway lacks a conscience and is more interested in his performance (and his next fix) than his patients’ well-being. Benway is a manipulator and coordinator of symbolic systems, an expert on all phases of interrogation, brainwashing and control. He is also a master of disguise and gender ambiguity, playing the role of ‘mild mannered doctor’ stateside, whilst simultaneously maintaining the persona of ‘fadela- the bitch queen’, leading a carde of lesbian lovers in the medina and puppeteering a drug network.

The Haniwa All-Stars

The Haniwa All-Stars were a delightfully bizarre 1980s musical freak show, created by master drummer and musical provocateur Kiyohiko Senba. While their musical style was all over the map, their costuming was consistent:  pajamas or nurse uniforms.

Guitarist and fellow experimentalist Henry Kaiser describes on the Mutant Sounds blog thusly:

“Many of the members are big pop and/or jazz stars in Japan. Senba is the writer-arranger-conductor-madman behind this band. I suppose that the only person that you might compare Senba to in America, in terms of scale of ambition, is Frank Zappa. (Although Senba’s music has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Zappa or his musical interests.) Senba is spectacularly successful with his truly insane, giant, all style-encompassing musical vision. It’s too bad you will never ever see this release in any American record shop. Too bad that we are so culture-bound over here.”

Drive Recklessly PSA

We’ve been all about driving safety as we prep for the 9/30 car crash show in SF and our Halloween weeend show in LA, so video just clicked in the clickiest way.

Via LaughingSquid:

Drive Recklessly” by The Midnight Show is a hilariously twisted driver safety PSA spoof that offers a scenario in which striking a pedestrian with a car may be the best policy. The Midnight Show is a recurring sketch comedy show at theUpright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

More Vintage X-Ray Fetishism

http://youtu.be/xLg_3XyXAyc

We can’t just get enough of those Naughty, Naughty Roentgen Rays. The above commercial, from 1930s Germany, nicely illustrates the fears (and titillation) surrounding Dr. Roentgen’s invention, then goes on to assure the modern woman that rumors of “Roentgetn glasses,” been true, she would be well served by the elegance of contemporary Felina lingerie.

And these fears were real enough to sustain a brief market in anti-voyeueristic dress manufacture as evidenced by this ad from 1896 for “the perfect dress interlining.”

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The seamy peekaboo undercurrents associated with the medical marvel are likewise nicely evoked by this photo found on one of our favorite Tumblr blogs, Sutured Infection.

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And from the blog Glamor Daze we some American footage from the 1940s that reminds us of that X-rays had much to recommend them to foot fetishists too who might have enjoyed hanging around shoe stores where X-ray scanners were kept around to aid in fitting and attract curious  consumers.

Finally, a bit of verse, also penned by Lawrence K. Russel and published by Life Magazine in 1896:

x-ray-poem

She is so tall, so slender; and her bones– Those frail phosphates, those carbonates of lime– Are well produced by cathode rays sublime; By oscillations, amperes and by ohms, Her dorsal vertebrae are no concealed By epidermis, but are well revealed.

Around her ribs, those beauteous twenty-four, Her flesh a halo makes, misty in lime, Her noseless, eyeless face looks into mine, And I but whisper, “Sweetheart, je t’adore.” Her white and gleaming teeth at me do laugh, Ah! lovely, cruel, sweet cathodagraph!