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Graham2001
2007-Dec-08, 01:39 PM
Not sure if this is the right place to put this, if it is not please move this post to the appropriate area.

I was looking through the 'Space Review' (http://www.thespacereview.com/index.html) website and spotted an article on space art (http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1011/1). It seems that there is an exhibition on in Philadelphia (http://www.ici-exhibitions.org/exhibitions/space/space.htm#).

Imagine my horror when I read the following:


Another artist, Julian LaVerdiere, went to great lengths to contrive a hoax: that in 1942 Wernher von Braun launched a manned V-2 that crashed into the sea, to be “found” by an undersea expedition. His efforts included a documentary-like film and “photos” of the crashed V-2 on the seafloor, complete with Associated Press-style captions. “In a final gesture of humorous defiance,” reads the exhibition’s brochure, “he inserted some of these fabricated images into the Associated Press archive, certain to confound future V-2 and space program researchers.” Emphasis Mine.

I would like to know what definition of Art justifies such an irresponsible act, the only thing I can compare this to would be for a Moon Hoax proponent slipping doctored Apollo photographs into the NASA Image Exchange.

Does anyone know how to contact Associated Press and let them know about this?

Noclevername
2007-Dec-08, 01:59 PM
Does anyone know how to contact Associated Press and let them know about this?

If it's on the SR website, I'm pretty sure the Space Review already let them know.

SMEaton
2007-Dec-08, 04:06 PM
That sounds less like “humorous defiance” than historical defacement.The OP left that off of the quoted paragraph, for some reason.
I'd say you're right, Noclevername.

KaiYeves
2007-Dec-08, 06:24 PM
But if the story was true, it would be so cool to find that on a dive!

publiusr
2007-Dec-14, 05:43 PM
I'm sure there are plenty of Delta II husks all over the Atlantic---still dribbling kerosene....

KaiYeves
2007-Dec-15, 12:15 AM
I'm sure there are plenty of Delta II husks all over the Atlantic---still dribbling kerosene....
Maybe not dive, then. But it'd be pretty cool to view with an ROV.