Mirrors by Tim Bruniges at Signal Gallery
Sound mirrors are monolithic concrete structures that dot the coast of England. Used as a warning system to amplify the sound of enemy aircraft, acoustic mirrors fell out of favor with the development of radar after World War I. The current exhibition at Signal features two sound mirrors equipped with microphones; when the microphones detect noise, the sound is amplified and looped. The sounds fed into the mirrors are played back at random intervals over the course of the exhibition, so if you visit you just might be treated to ghostly echoes of Ministry’s “Just One Fix,” an off-key rendition of “Hey Jude,” kitty howls and some dorky giggling.
Mirrors is on display until March 9
Art on a city-block scale. Wandering through a labyrinth of found objects at Philly’s Magic Gardens. More photos
The skull collection at the Mütter Museum.
A strange, sometimes terrifying museum, the Mütter’s collection of anatomical specimens and oddities was established to help educate medical students about the human body (and everything that can go wrong with it). Displayed in a sort of massive curio cabinet, the museum includes several human skeletons, preserved body parts, and tumors; jars of conjoined fetuses, slides of Einstein’s brain, a liver deformed from wearing a corset, a 70 lb ovarian cyst, drawers full of objects people have swallowed, the body of a woman whose corpse turned into soap, an actual tsantsa (shrunken head), and a special exhibition on surgery during the Civil War. Not for the faint of heart, but a few people seemed to be bringing their kids along anyway.