An interesting and old school media prank, as described by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE in OVO issue 12 (SCIENCE) in 1991.

TESTES-3 was the phone number & name of the first phone station (or “line,” as we called it) that Richard, Sumu Pretzler & I created & co-operated. It was operated anonymously & centered around an answering machine that was used to receive input & to play output made from edited versions the input. It didn’t attract much attention until its third month when it came to the notice of reporter Franz Lidz.

As partially explained in his “Underground Telephone Network” article, Lidz tried to get us to agree to an interview by leaving messages via TESTES-3. Given that we considered anonymity to be essential to our functioning communally produced participatory phenomenon we reacted cautiously to his request, in a way that we thought to be consistent with our principles.

Rather than let Lidz interview us, we thought that it would be more appropriate if he interviewed the TESTES-3 callers to help make them realize that they were TESTES-3 as much as we were (albeit in a different way).


Don’t Do This

Programmable Signs Provide Important Warnings

Ever wondered about those ADDCO portable signs you see flashing road conditions or other important information by the side of the road?  While Technoccult and its associates certainly do not approve of any illegal actions and you should never, ever tamper with these signs, the folks over at i-hacked.com have provided a detailed set of instructions here, just in case you needed to determine WHAT NOT TO DO.

The Yes Men FAQ

A great look at what the Yes Men do:

The power of faith to transcend the most obvious logic is a well-established phenomenon. When the Crusaders discovered themselves in pitched battle against Christians they had travelled thousands of miles to save, they refused to amend their theory that these Christians needed their help. Faith!
Faith, likewise, spurred thirty-nine web developers to don Nikes and swallow poison, on the theory”‘not backed by much solid evidence”‘that they’d shortly meet up on the Hale-Bopp Comet. (The “Heaven’s Gate”  suicide was remarkable among mass suicides for its interface with observational astronomy.) And when Appalachian snake handlers insist on dancing with poisonous critters, despite not-so-rare deaths and lost limbs, it is from faith in the theory that God is protecting them. (The basis for this often-contradicted theory is two Biblical verses: “They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them” “‘Mark 16:18″‘and “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions” “‘Luke 10:19.)

Similarly, our audience of lawyers in Salzburg had a theory”‘that the free market could bring happiness to the world at large”‘and they had the deepest possible faith in it. We had imagined that if we pushed our proposals into the outer limits of ugliness, we could horrify our audience into objecting. But the nature of their faith was such that so long as our proposals derived from the one true theory, there was no way they would ever see anything wrong with them.

Full Story: the Yes Men

(via Wishtank via Pizza SEO)

Abortion art prank

A Yale University art student is causing a national controversy with her senior art project that revolves around self-induced abortions. Aliza Shvarts says she artificially inseminated herself ‘as often as possible” in order to become pregnant and reportedly used herbs to cause abortions.

Shvarts, a senior art major, intentionally caused the death of the babies with the herbs.

Afterwards, she allegedly saved her blood and the blood from each of the babies she killed to create an art display.

The display consists of a cube with video footage she took of the miscarriages on either side and a canvas in the middle with paintings created from the blood.

Full Story: Life News.

It was a hoax, a Yale spokesperson claims:

Ms. Shvarts is engaged in performance art. Her art project includes visual representations, a press release and other narrative materials. She stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages. The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body.

She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art.

Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns.

(via Hit and Run)

Update: Maybe not a hoax after all…

New documentary about notorious hoaxer Alan Abel

More info: Slate.

(via The Agitator).

School distributes satanic sex calendar

Way to go Officer Barbrady!

Local school officials in a suburb of Houston, Texas, are investigating how it was possible that a school police officer handed out calendars to students that featured explicit details on satanic and sexual rituals for every day of the month.

Full Story: World Net Daily: School distributes satanic sex calendar

(via Wu)



More Photos: derekerdman.com

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