Strange Culture(2007)

Strange Culture. A really sad story. I remember I was told this story by Ted, a not so familiar well-recognized international artist & scholar professor Steve Kurtz’s story.

This is the synopsis of this film:

The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife Hope died in her sleep of heart failure. Police who responded to Kurtz’s 911 call deemed Kurtz’s art suspicious and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected “bioterrorist" as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife旧 body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date.

Who is Prof. Steve Kurtz? And what happened to him? This was an old article from WashingtonPost, 2004.6.2 “The FBI’s Art Attack":

Kurtz and his late wife were founders of the Critical Art Ensemble, an internationally renowned collective of “tactical media" protest and performance artists. Steve Kurtz, 48, has focused on the problems of the emergence of biotechnology, such as genetically modified food. He and the art ensemble, which also includes da Costa, have authored several books including “Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media" and “Electronic Civil Disobedience and Other Unpopular Ideas," both published by Autonomedia/Semiotext(e).
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