A group of 6 Czech artists that call themselves Ztohoven face possible prison time after being acused of scaremongering and propagating false information. In June of 07 the group hacked into a Czech Republic television tower and replaced images of a live weather broadcast with a nuclear explosion going off in the Czech countryside.
The hoax called “Media Reality” was liked by the Czech National Gallery as the group received prize money of $18,000 for the work. Hopefully they haven’t spent their winnings though as it will now be needed to try and keep them out of prison.
In a USA Today article on the nuclear hoax, the Czech National Gallery head said “This piece.. alongside all of the art the group Ztohoven is making — is crossing the border from art into something more social,” said Milan Knizak. “The artists are trying to escape from the cage of art, and into real life. They would like to influence their own lives, and other people’s lives.”
The Ztohoven group released a statement on their Myspace page, which I found here at Art Threat.. “We are neither a terrorist organization nor a political group, our aim is not to intimidate the society or manipulate it, which is something we witness on daily basis both in the real world and in the world created by the media…We hope our action will become an appeal for the future and remind the media of their duty to bring out the truth.” Ztohoven
And here’s a video of the live weather report on Czech TV..