The Kitchen Debate – a parallel universe

This video was made during my PhD research on “Doubting Conventional Reality: Visual Art and Quantum Physics”. It proposes an “alternative universe view” of Nixon and Khrushchev” “Kitchen Debate” from 1959. Instead of dissing each other’s technological advances during the…

The Kitchen Debate - a parallel universe

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This video was made during my PhD research on “Doubting Conventional Reality: Visual Art and Quantum Physics”. It proposes an “alternative universe view” of Nixon and Khrushchev” “Kitchen Debate” from 1959. Instead of dissing each other’s technological advances during the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, a cordial exchange of each other’s flatus was made at a diplomatic level. Nixon handed over a jar of his flatus (whereabouts unknown) and Khrushev handed over a hand-painted barrel of his flatus (which is usually housed at the Smithsonian in Washington DC but is currently on loan to the artist). There are several other components to the installed artwork of which this video is part of: a viewing box, mounted on the wall in which this video is played, the barrel containing Khrushchev’s flatus and a poster on loan from the Moscow museum celebrating the event. You can see a photographs of the poster and the barrel here on pages 66-67 of the catalogue for “Down the Rabbit Hole” a 2013 post graduate exhibition at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University: https://issuu.com/qcagriffith/docs/down_the_rabbit_hole_catalogue and you can see an installation view of the work on pages 92 and 93 of my PhD thesis here: https://research-repository.griffith.edu.au/handle/10072/367239

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