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Sealab is the underwater Right Stuff: the compelling tale of ways a US military software sought to strengthen the marine similar of the gap station-and without end replaced man's dating to the sea.
While NASA was once attempting to placed a guy at the moon, the united states army introduced a sequence of bold experiments to turn out that divers may perhaps stay and paintings from a sea-floor base. whilst the 1st underwater "habitat" referred to as Sealab was once demonstrated within the early Sixties, traditional dives had strict intensity limits and lasted for under mins, now not the hours or even days that the visionaries in the back of Sealab desired to achieve-for reasons of exploration, clinical learn, and to get better submarines and airplane that had sunk alongside the continental shelf. The not likely father of Sealab, George Bond, was once a colourful former state health professional who joined the army later in lifestyles and have become captivated with those unanswered questions: How lengthy can a diver remain underwater? How deep can a diver go?
Sealab by no means acquired the eye it deserved, but this system encouraged explorers like Jacques Cousteau, broke age-old intensity obstacles, and revolutionized deep-sea diving by way of demonstrating that dwelling at the seabed used to be now not technology fiction. at the present time divers on advertisement oil rigs and army divers engaged in categorized missions depend on equipment pioneered in the course of Sealab.
Sealab is a real tale of heroism and discovery: males unafraid to check the bounds of actual patience to beat a adversarial undersea frontier. it's also a narrative of frustration and a central authority unwilling to take an identical hazards underwater that it did in space.
Ben Hellwarth, a veteran journalist, interviewed many surviving contributors from the 3 Sealab experiments and carried out large documentary study to jot down the 1st complete account of 1 of crucial and least recognized experiments in US history.
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It is a great irony that Walter Benjamin's often cited demand to brush history against the grain and to wrest tradition away from conformism has been heeded at a time when the museum itself bought into the capitalist culture of spectacle. There are yet other ways in which the new intimacy between culture and politics can open up avenues for alternative museum practices. Think of the old quality argument, often advanced by traditionalist critics in order to marginalize the art and culture of minority groups or peripheral territories.
Given the current demographic shifts in the United States and the migrations worldwide, this process is likely to intensify in the coming years. Some within the fortress of modernity will experience these changes as a threat, as dangerous and identity-eroding invasions. Others will welcome them as small but important steps toward a more genuinely heteronational culture, one that no longer feels the need to homogenize and is learning how to live pragmatically with real difference. We are far from that.
The lure of Polemics Of course, the recent museummania and exhibition craze has its downside, and it is tempting to polemicize. Take acceleration: the speed with which the work of art moves from studio to collector, to dealer to museum to retrospective, and not always in this order, has been dramatically increased. As in all acceleration processes of this kind, some of the stages have been tendentially victimized by this vertiginous speed. Thus the distance between collector and dealer seems to move toward a vanishing point, and given the increasingly poor performance of museums at Sotheby's or Christie's, some would cynically argue that the museum is left in the cold while art itself is moving toward the vanishing point: the work disappearing into a bank deposit and emerging into visibility only when it is put back on the auction block.
Sealab: America's Forgotten Quest to Live and Work on the Ocean Floor by Ben Hellwarth