Ich hatte hier mal über gleich zwei Kunst/Architektur-Projekte gebloggt (1, 2), in denen sie minutiös Banküberfälle planten – aber freilich nicht durchführten. Das konnte Ex-MIT-Prof Joseph Gibbons so anscheinend nicht stehenlassen und hat's durchgezogen.
A wacky former MIT professor took cinema verite to a whole new level by robbing a Manhattan bank and recording the heist, authorities said. Joseph Gibbons, 61, a filmmaker and “visual artist’’ who taught for a decade at one of the world’s most prestigious universities, has gone rogue, robbing banks as part of his latest “art’’ project.
Gibbons was charged on Friday with robbery after allegedly making off with $1,000 from a Capital One branch at Bowery and Grand Street in Chinatown. While waiting for his arraignment, the eccentric academic boasted to fellow inmates that his crime was for art’s sake. “He was doing research for a film,” said his dazzled cell-mate Kaylan Sherrard, 27. “It’s not a crime; it’s artwork… He’s an intellectual,” Sherrard gushed. […]
The nutty professor said he was inspired by French poetry to create his criminal cinéma vérité — and that he pioneered his technique when he stole a painting in the 1970s. “I read the works of Arthur Rimbaud, who essentially believed a poet had to descend into the depths of all that was bad and report back,” he said. “This whole thing has been one long project about discovering the disenfranchised portions of society.”