Artlurker Explains Rape Tunnel: "Our Intention Was to Spark Conversation"
Anyway, Artlurker planned on coming clean with the hoax later in the day but the traffic overwhelmed their server, and today they confirmed what we suspected: it was meant to provoke.
By publishing The Rape Tunnel our intention was to spark conversation on the state of art for a few hours with coverage of an entirely fake art project...While Artlurker says it doesn't really consider the post "art," but more satire in the style of The Onion, it did leave us with a lot more to think about than much of what we've seen during Second Saturday for a while. Too bad they didn't some how tie in Roman Polanski, or they would have had a conceptual masterpiece on their hands.
...When the author of The Rape Tunnel pitched the idea to us we loved it. Of course it's an extremely sensitive subject, but our motivation for publishing the piece was to comment on contemporary art, not rape.
We cannot say what the intentions of the author were, but ours were simple: to generate conversation on the state of contemporary art based on the fact that an event like this is no so unrealistic today. So we edited the piece like we would any other and published it.
Artlurker says it's published fake stories before, which has us wondering if we fell for their tricks too?