I knew H. G. Wells as a novelist. While I was working on The World Set Free, I intensively studied his work and learned of his great interest in the Soviet Union. He summarised his travels there in 1921 in the book Russia in the Shadows. In the space essay sic! I have selected significant quotations from his conversation with Lenin, the dreamer in the Kremlin. In 1934, Wells interviewed Stalin. The book Stalin Wells Talks experienced great popularity.
It was during this period that the manipulation of photographs began. The most famous example is Lenin's 1920 speech in front of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, from whose photograph Trotsky and Kamenev later disappeared.
This picture was cut into six parts.
In the Weimar version of sic!, the visitors always disguise one of the projections in the narrow space creating empty spaces on the screen.
In the St Petersburg version of sic!, the six elements are separated from each other, and the visitors can put the images together in their heads by walking around and looking at the slide viewers.