Art imitating atom blast

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Art imitating atom blast

A group of award winning Czech artists inserted a mushroom cloud in a weather report, some folks aren’t too happy about it. I wonder if people were more worried that it was likely or unlikely given in our current escalated world climate. Duke it out in the comments…

A flash of bright light could be seen followed by a fiery mushroom cloud on the horizon. The group, who last month won an award from Prague’s National Gallery, face charges of spreading false information. It was the first time the NG 333 prize for young artists was awarded. The six, who call themselves “Ztohoven”, claim that the aim of the project – called Media Reality – was to show how reality can be manipulated by the media.

Art imitating atom blast – Link.


The performance, entitled “Media Reality” sparked controversy throughout the country. The Czech National Gallery awarded the group with the newly created NG 333 prize for their work. ”This piece—alongside all of the art the group Ztohoven is making – is crossing the border from art into something more social. The artists are trying to escape from the cage of art, and into real life. They would like to influence their own lives, and other people’s lives.” The cash prize totaled approximately 333,000 KOR, or US$18,350.

ztohoven’s MySpace page (with artist’s statement) – Link.

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10 thoughts on “Art imitating atom blast

  1. s. says:

    Isn’t that, like, a last year news?

  2. zof says:

    Strange how hacking into a video feed can now be considered art, strange what actually can be considered art now a days.

    None the less it was a very good job, just too bad these guys have nothing better to do with their time. Maybe they could of made a short movie or something entertaining, then we can use this strange word art.

  3. Casey says:

    In what way was the video inserted? I didn’t see anything in the Reuters report. Did they hack the camera? That’s the only way I see it happening for real. Otherwise the channel that displayed it would have had to be in on the scheme.

    I’m not afraid or insulted to call this art. There is kind of a “Duh” factor here, though. You don’t need a phony mushroom cloud to know the media is manipulated. Just watch TV for a little while. The stuff that’s on there now is scarier then that hoax.

  4. yay says:

    That looks like a clip from World in Conflict! :)

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