38 Messages from Space: The Wilbert Smith Archives Remixed

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David Crawford, 2008 - 110 pages
Wilbert Smith directed Project Magnet, the Canadian government's official investigation into UFOs. In a declassified memo dated 21 November 1950, Smith writes:"I made discreet enquires through the Canadian Embassy staff in Washington who were able to obtain for me the following information:a. The matter is the most highly classified subject in the United States Government, rating higher even than the H-bomb.b. Flying saucers exist."Researcher Grant Cameron studied Smith for two decades. In 2003, Cameron released "The Wilbert Smith Archives" on CD-ROM (http://presidentialUFO.com). The archives include nearly 1000 pages of scanned documents. "38 Messages from Space" is a remix of selected documents from Cameron's archives. While they have been retyped to improve legibility, an effort has been made to maintain the aesthetics of the originals. The documents are supplemented with my own illustrations.

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David Crawford studied film, video, and new media at the Massachusetts College of Art and received a BFA in 1997. In 2000, his "Light of Speed" project was a finalist for the SFMOMA Webby Prize for Excellence in Online Art. In 2003, Crawford's "Stop Motion Studies" project received an Artport Gate Page Commission from the Whitney Museum of American Art and an Award of Distinction in the Net Vision category at the Prix Ars Electronica. In 2004, he received an MSc from Chalmers University of Technology and taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Crawford is currently a PhD candidate studying Digital Representation at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at Göteborg University in Sweden. His artwork has been featured by the Guardian and Leonardo. His writing has recently been published by Princeton Architectural Press.

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