The Museum of Hoaxes
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Snowball the Monster Cat, 2000
Life discovered on the moon, 1835
Baby Yoga, aka Swinging Your Kid Around Your Head
The Cradle of the Deep, a literary hoax, 1929
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Samsung invents the on/off switch
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
Did Poe say 'The best things in life make you sweaty'?
Mule elected G.O.P. committeeman, 1938
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Cremaster Fanatic
The artwork of Matthew Barney is highly abstract and conceptual. Even for modern art, it pushes the envelope of weird. For instance, his series of films titled The Cremaster Cycle involves, among other things, "a half-vegetable, half-man creature with a fleet of Jacobin pigeons attached to his gonads." Not exactly the kind of stuff to appeal to a mass audience. And yet he has a fan page, Cremaster Fanatic, similar to the kind of fan pages you find devoted to teen stars such as Lindsay Lohan or Hilary Duff. But as an article in yesterday's NY Times reveals, the fan site is actually an elaborate deadpan-style joke: Cremaster Fanatic is a fake. Or to put it more kindly, it's a parallel work of art. "I'm pretending to be a fan," said its creator, the New York artist Eric Doeringer. If you were casually perusing the site, you would probably never guess that it was a spoof, but it does get funnier once you learn that it's not for real.
Categories: Art, Websites
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 04, 2005
Comments (2)
I think my family and I could get into this stuff, can't wait till it's in local theaters.
Posted by sbnature  in  sb ca  on  Tue Jan 04, 2005  at  09:27 PM
matthew barney kicks ass. sadly it probably wont ever be in theaters. except you can rent the cremaster cycle. but thats it.
Posted by person  on  Wed May 17, 2006  at  02:44 AM
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