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Culture Jamming in the Czech Republic

by Staff


Tags: Czech, prank, hoax, television, TV, weather, mushroom cloud, tradition, Ztohoven, Czech Dream, film, culture, art,

The film documentary Czech Dream, recently reviewed in Utne Reader, chronicled an audacious prank in which a fake superstore was created, working a bunch of shopaholic Czechs into an opening-day frenzy. Now a different bunch of Czech tricksters, the art collective Ztohoven, has seized the limelight by hacking into a public TV weather broadcast and inserting a mushroom cloud into a panoramic shot of the Krkonose mountains. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times places both hoaxes into a long tradition of Czech “tomfoolery.”

Keith Goetzman