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Old 09-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #16
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Same link, indra. Come on!
I think their servers keep getting overwhelmed. The story got picked up by Gawker. The link does work, but sometimes you have to try it several times.

Here's a link to today's blog on it.
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:32 PM   #17
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Huh? What do you do with them?
I thought most ant traps killed them... what are YOU doing with them??
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Old 09-29-2009, 02:53 PM   #18
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I'm surprised so many of you fell for that. C'mon guys, a rape tunnel where you get raped at the end?? There was a similar 'art' project in..i think it was brazil...a year or two ago where the artist kept a dog chained to the corner of his exhibit and slowly let it starve. People were outraged, but as it turned out, it was also fake an intended to spark conversation about what is/isnt art.
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honestly, how far off is it though?
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honestly, how far off is it though?
You mean like this one? Seedbed

fucked up, no doubt, but i think the rape tunnel would've taken things a few steps further
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:06 PM   #21
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My first thought was "at least it's not a pickled shark."

Sadly, that one wasn't a hoax ... or perhaps it's the even bigger hoax because he not only actually got someone to buy it, but the buyer paid a shitload for it too.
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Even if it's a hoax, how did the author think this was funny?
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:03 PM   #23
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I dont think it was necessarily meant to be a funny hoax, but rather a provocative one (if you're down with talking about art)
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:07 PM   #24
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I think his real message is found in this line...

"Secondly, rape is not always a black and white issue. The definition is argued almost everyday in courtrooms around the country. The woman who gets too drunk one night and regrets having sex the next morning, was she raped or not? There is no easy answer. I hope some of that ambiguity will manifest itself in this project."

Rape (or sexual assault), by definition, must be a sexual act with no consent given. He is saying that he is making it crystal clear that he intends to rape anyone or anything that comes into his tunnel. The tunnel leads to only one place and has no other exit. So, knowing what is at the end of his tunnel, if the spectator still chooses to enter, then they have arguably manifested only one intention...to voluntarily engage in a (probably rough) sexual act. Thus, they have consented. And if they have consented, then no crime. (Except that he shouldn't call it a "rape tunnel" because it is evidence of "mens rea" --knowledge of what he is doing is wrong.)

It's an interesting argument, but I'm glad I don't live in Ohio right now.
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this isnt necessarily funny.....just relevant. Its mildly amusing
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:09 AM   #27
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I imagine it got too much traffic.

Check Gawker. Here are a couple of links:

First blog on Gawker

Second blog on Gawker
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