A response to an article about roger basset and his shroud of turin

It is part of a larger curriculum that leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies. Here is a brief description: This program offers a systematic approach to the intellectual challenges posed by the Shroud of Turin, as well as the opportunity to go deeper into the message that it proposes to the faith and to the heart of believers. Since this is a postgraduate course, certain academic requirements must be met to obtain accreditation, but there is an option to just audit the classes if you prefer.

A response to an article about roger basset and his shroud of turin

Having issued his decree, Peter proceeded to fill his cabinet with freaks, aberrations and monstrosities. Peter took pride in his own dental skills, so displayed in a box tastefully lined in velvet are the teeth he drew during his lifetime, though of course few of his courtiers were game enough ever to complain of a toothache.

Click an image to enlarge it. This explains the vivacity of pickled specimens with glass eyes, ruddy cheeks and sanguine brains. Then we have mummified Siamese twins and Siamese twins in formaldehyde, multiple foetuses, skulls with holes in craniums, midget frames, hare lips, flat heads, obscure cysts, double heads, faces with four eyes, legs with two feet each, and double headed calves, along with miscellaneous fetishes unearthed by early ethnographers.

Here we find alchemical dioramas, immense magnifying glasses, and though he could subject them to close scrutiny, Laevenhoek confused sperm with bacteria.

I imagine him boiling them up together in alembics, then shaking them in flasks. Tastefully displayed in the Kunstkamera, the cherubic foetuses all wear dainty bonnets of lace, and the isolated arms and the little feet born without bodies have very fine ruffs and cuffs and sit happily cushioned on their placentas.

Here there are vaginas without legs, eyeless, noseless, headless, armless concoctions of conceived matter. And in the engravings of the time, pathetic homunculus skeletons dry their tears on their placenta hankies. Outside the building, a sweet little thing, all complete in a shortish polka—dot dress, hangs about by the souvenir stall with her granny.

One room is filled with car stuff, another filled with animal stuff, another room is dark, another concerns our bodies. Some of these objects are ordinary, but arranged in some disconcerting way, others are freakish, extraordinary.

We may dream of them: Though why should his mother have kept it, in the first instance? It is precisely via such provocative questions that objects become enigmas. And then these enigmas get commented on in blogs, and thread their way like tapeworms through the body of the internet.

In this exhibition it is imagined as a maze of connections and bifurcations, in which a minotaur may prowl.

At the same time, its passageways are clogged with representations. Meaning succumbs under the excessive weight of information. However, the cacophony this plethora implies can engender a species of random messaging that communicates other matter — as a JC Penny kettle can resemble Hitler, or as a small collection of carefully arranged objects can suggest a family assembled for a photograph — as in a Morandi.

In this way, things speak to each other — often changing their identity as they become hyper—real representations — thus an apple becomes a computer company — but who is the Adam who takes the bite out of it?

But the trouble with the power of freaks, relics and other monstrous enigmas is that their magnetism leaks away with duplication. It has been conceived by curator Mark Leckey. Perhaps it is not quite rude enough to be a McCarthy. As it is, I am left in some lacuna between the urge to experience the genuine and an insight into our duplicitous age.

The catalogue works better than the show. The touring shows have often focused on the peculiar or the eerie, maintaining a fine balance between museum culture and gallery art. Then there was the Carnivalesque, inspired by the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin, that was shown in Brighton in and featured performance art — to which I was invited to contribute with a live event involving two wieners adolescent pigs.

Familiar objects that are invested with more than their due share of interest may have become fetishised and as fetishes they may well feature in cabinets of curiosity.

Both fetishism and the carnivalesque have a bearing on the nature of curios. The carnivalesque, that fascination with the world turned upside down may also contribute to the curious — silver plate photographs of Popes and bishops staring into the heavens through the powerful lenses of telescopes in the Vatican observatory induce a vertiginous sense of the topsy—turvy.

Curiosity has been curated by Brian Dillon, editor of the magazine Cabinet. Unlike the collage—like juxtaposition of things in Nottingham, Curiosity has been designed to allow each item its isolation, though specific works by the same artist may be found at different points as you move through the gallery.

Anthony Howell on objects, enigmas and curators

As you move past the fabulous windows of the Turner, with their uninterrupted views of sea and sky, you are greeted by a Saint Bernard with the head of a sheep. Both animals seem contented with this accommodation, unlike the peacock you come across later who seems disgruntled, saddled below his neck with the lower half of a penguin.

The Leonardo drawing of the cloudburst raining objects has been borrowed for this exhibition, as has the colossal walrus from the Horniman Museum in South London.

Stuffed and mounted by taxidermists who had no idea what a walrus actually looked like, the creature is more colossal than he should be, because its characteristic folds have vanished. Puffed up by dint of being overstuffed, it has been a huge job for the exhibition staff to prise him out of the Horniman and install him here at the Turner, but the idea of such a visit to the seaside is just wonderful!ADDENDUM to Portrait from the Turin Shroud - An Artist's Study of the Shroud Image - by Roger Basset (USA) - January This is an Addendum to the paper Roger presented at the St.

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