A little Halloween art and a story for you

October 31, 2013

Tales from The Museum of Mind Manipulation

The first time we heard of Sulphur Rumenum it was only a whisper, an evil, little malicious rumour, which suggested that the Museum of Mind Manipulation had been discovered after all. We began our search at once, sent out queries and letters and then, just last month, our plea for an audience at the museum was granted.

We spoke with Sulphur at length, and discovered that he took enormous pleasure walking about the catacombs of the museum listening to the artifacts whisper their stories.

We asked Sulphur how long he had been the curator of the MMM. He replied that he’d rather lost track of the years. He recalled his previous tenure as professor of epistemology at Oxford. He wasn’t sure of the year exactly but made a reference to the St. Scholastica riot as the turning point in his career path, by which time he had gathered enough curios to begin cataloguing full time.

We asked to be allowed around the museum…in the name of professional research.

He answered that, whilst professional research is all well and good, walking around the museum is a task which requires a subtle sensitivity and tremendous inner mind control.

After much diplomatic bargaining, (and a small amount of pleading), we were allowed to visit one of the least dangerous parts of the museum – the Transgressor Guidance Circuit Control Bank.

We must say that, while the terminology he used was a bit recondite, we have developed a deeper understanding and a deep fondness for Sulphur Rumenum.

Our camera managed to capture a few images before it mysteriously stopped working.

We did everything possible to repair the camera and worried about not being able to bring the images to you, dear friend.

Sulphur proceeded on through the Control Bank not noticing our camera predicament.

He conducted us to the exit, thanked us for the visit and asked us to come and see him again at some point in the future.

Then he looked at our poor non-functioning camera, smiled his half smile and reminded us not to worry as these things tended to sort themselves out…

We thanked him and, clutching the museum map, we stepped out into the light without any apparent side effects.

Miraculously, our camera began to work again and we found that we had recorded four files which we are proud to share with you:

The circuit board from The Queen Anne’s Revenge. We understand that Blackbeard comes round for tea every now and then.
Queen Anne's Revenge

The circuit board from Dr Frankenstein’s lab. Apparently the good doctor builds a new model for every…er…new model.
Frankenstein

The circuit board from the Magic Mirror on the Wall. Unfortunately the fairest of them all shattered this version and has had to endure seven years of bad luck.
magic mirror

The circuit board form The Nautilus. Apparently we just missed the good captain as he’s gone on a fishing mini break.
Captain Nemo

And now, as we recall our inner transgressor, we must allow ourselves an evil Machiavellian smirk…quite out of character…err…we may have been slightly affected…

Art: An old circuit board plus found objects built into the back side of a deep square canvas (making it function like a drawer) painted black. A little Photoshop manipulation of Dr Frank’s circuit board to make electricity flow around it.

Happy Halloween!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Sara v October 31, 2013 at 9:58 am

    What a wonderful Halloween treat!! Thank you 🙂

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Just for you 🙂 Love seeing your name in the comments. 🙂

  • Reply Mystic Comfort October 31, 2013 at 10:36 am

    How cool!! Neat story, too, along with the awesome art.

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you Mystic. 🙂

  • Reply makesthemostof October 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Congrats on completing the UBC! Day 31! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Hello gluten free friend. 🙂 Oh, yeah, I forgot about that…thank you. 🙂 Did you do it too? I think I want to keep going in that group; it was so much fun to meet new people. 🙂

  • Reply Renee Ortiz October 31, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Alright, this was TOO much fun! Love the found object art and the story you built around it. I look forward to meandering through your blog to see some of your other creations.
    Blessings from a fellow artist of sorts!

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Renee. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 I have to come look you up now. 🙂

  • Reply Daryl October 31, 2013 at 11:11 am

    your creativity knows no bounds!

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I hope not Daryl. 🙂 It comes with an unlimited imagination I think…but I love it. Thank you so much. 🙂

  • Reply michellepond October 31, 2013 at 11:37 am

    This post is so much fun. Happy Halloween!

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I’m so glad Michelle and thank you. 🙂 Robert says I should write a bunch of MMM stories.

  • Reply DogsMom October 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Happy Halloween!
    Very interesting.

    • Reply Veronica October 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Dog’s mom, thank you so much. 🙂 Now I can come visit you. 🙂

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