But because the American space and ballistic missile programs were built from the plundered Nazi V-2 Rocket program, and because my own art work is most often all white, I was a little uncomfortable with that historical lineage. Best case it suggests that their might be a Bauhaus connection - but since no one wants to admit influencing or being influenced by Nazis, finding a connection there would be difficult at best. Besides the recent Bauhaus show at MoMA made it pretty obvious that the Bauhauser's appliances were all black, chrome, and conventionally Deco (I did hope to find an early cue ball white nitrocellulose phone).
Cork in a spaceship? It was so nineteenth-century. It made you think Where’s the gutta-percha? Where’s the beeswax? But cork really made sense if you thought about it. It’s a good insulator, it’s light and it’s cheap. It had worked well in the seventies, and when something really works in rockets, you tend to leave it alone unless you don’t have any choice.
While the first liquid-fueled rocket was launched in 1926 by an American, Robert Goddard, it was the German's who advanced the technology the most during WWII (although Goddard whined that the German rocketeers had stolen his ideas). When American GIs scooped up 300 trainloads of parts and machines and 126 of the principal designers, including Wernher von Braun, his brother Magnus von Braun, and Walter Dornberger, from the Nazi's V-2 rocket, they were getting a huge jumpstart to a then very primitive and disorganized American rocket program.
Formally, our phones seem most closely related to accessories like jewelry, yet they are as different from those things as steam ships are from buildings and rockets from washing machines. And vehicles, skyscrapers and appliances like phones all passed through a common machine age bottle neck; they share justifications, ethics and myths that jewelry has no share in.
Dieter Rams, Phonosuper SK4 (1956); iRaq,