I have always been intrigued by Victorian-era invention thinking. Posters of the great World’s Fairs and their featured inventions have always captured my attention with futuristic visions of a techie tomorrow. On that note, I’ve always liked the 1950′s videos films of the kitchens of the future too. Where’s that nuclear-powered stove that floats out of the counter and floors that clean themselves as we were promised?
So today when I read about the Telectroscope on The Carrot Revolution (an art blog I’m previewing) I was immediately captivated. Perhaps there really is a giant “viewing tunnel” connecting New York and London. While it seems kind of pointless with streaming video, something about a giant real transatlantic tunnel that requires no virtual connections seems kind of cool. Well, much as I guessed there is no giant tunnel, but there is a pretty cool art and human interaction exhibit going on connecting New York and London.
As I read more about the Telectrscope and its supposed inventors I also realized this is a great lesson on information literacy. Take a look at the Telectroscope website. The idea of a giant tunnel looks pretty real. There are even pictures of artifacts that were supposedly found during the tunnel’s recent completion. I also found a host of photos on Flickr. For a short period of time a Wikipedia entry for the Telectrocope’s supposed inventor Alexander Stanhope St. George existed, but due to the power of mass collaboration it was deleted by a Wikipedian as a hoax. If you’re interested in learning more about the Telectroscope check out the New York Times article all about it.
Have a great three day weekend!