The curious avian creations of artist Calvin Ma – sculptural iterations of a character camouflaged as various birds: from owls and pigeons to Mandarin ducks.
The ceramic figures are part of an ongoing series entitled ‘Blend In: Making Home’ wherein each species represents an emotion or experience tied to social anxiety, which Ma bolsters with corresponding environments, like a birch cage or a flower-lined nest.
With a nod, if not a deep bow to Rick And Morty , this short by Stefan Schumacher tells the tale of Trevor and Gleb – two alien sharks who camouflage themselves to blend in after crash landing on a strange planet.
In the debut episode of the Wired Masterminds season, Jonna Mendez, former Head of Disguise at the CIA (an epic job title, in fairness), explains how masquerade is used in espionage. To wit:
With women, you have a broader range of what you can do. You also have one extra step: you can turn a woman into a man. I would mention that it’s almost impossible to turn a man into a woman. What we do is always additive — we can make you taller, we can make you heavier, we can make you older — we can’t go the other direction. You want to be the person that gets on the elevator and then gets off and nobody even remembers that you were really there. That is a design goal at the disguise labs at CIA.