Strangelove – Military Museum Displays

American Monuments

Strangelove is a long-running and still unfinished investigation into the meaning of weapons in peacetime. By examining their public manifestation P.W.Voigt exposes the emotions lying behind them. He shows us the devout silence of the museum, where weapons are sometimes relics of glorious victories and sometimes a protest against senseless destruction. Their meaning changes over time. The promise of destruction becomes the memory of the promise, the excitement makes way for sentiment and pathos.
Text: Wim Melis, Human Conditions Exhibition Catalogue. Noorderlicht



Top Gun Club, National Naval Aviation Museum

This Darth Vader helmet was given to White Sands Missil Range by Ben Burtt of Lucas Films in appreciation for the assistance he received in collecting sounds for the studio’s sound library. He visited the range twice in 1978 to collect sounds of various missiles being test-fired, including a HAWK missil, a Lance and a Nike Tomahawk. He also recorded the sound of a sound wave traveling up and down a tight guy wire on a radio tower. Some of these sounds were used in the movie, Star Wars, for which Burtt won an Academy Award.


Darth Vader, White Sands Missile Range

Life on earth touched by Trinity Test.
Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, conducted by the United States Army on 5:29:45 AM July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project.The test was of an implosion-design plutonium device, of the same design as the Fat Man bomb later detonated over Nagasaki, Japan. The name “Trinity” was assigned by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, inspired by the metaphysical poet John Donne.


Video presentation on missile monitor mount, White Sands Missile Range


Hand grenade model, Armed Forces History Museum

Water Dispenser. National Naval Aviation Museum

Water Dispenser, National Naval Aviation Museum


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The Strangelove Collection at Noorderlicht Photofestival 2017

Strangelove Collection

The Strangelove Collection focuses on original vintage photographs of nuclear research, the development of the atomic bomb and early rocketry in the U.S. 

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Project Gnome

American Monuments

Visiting the lovely Loving village and the nearby explosion site of the Gnome Project

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New American Monuments

American Monuments

“People want leadership not only from the living but from the dead” claims Leslie George Katz in Lee Friedlander´s epochal “American Monuments”. We found significant proof to support his theory in Texas…Continue Reading

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Impartial Spectator

American Monuments

Follow us from the Westcoast to the Eastcoast with an analogue Mamiya 7 in the glove compartment

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Beijing Silvermine – Thomas Sauvin

Institutional Recommendation

Beijing Silvermine is a unique photographic portrait of the capital and the life of its inhabitants following the Cultural Revolution

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Strangelove – An Iconography of missiles

American Monuments

In an intriguing exhibition Simon Norfolk, P.W. Voigt and Gabriel Jones each in their own way isolate tanks, aircraft and rockets from their raison d’etre

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Alabama´s customs and beliefs

American Monuments

This Alabama backwater oddity creeped us out