Monday, April 28, 2008

Digital Gandhi

For my final bit of promised subculture, read about performance artist Joseph DeLappe's piece on Gandhi.

DeLappe reenacted Gandhi's Salt March on a treadmill hooked into
Second Life.

DeLappe does a lot of digital art and digital protest, including his America's Army protest, where he signs into the first person shooter game the army uses to recruits new soldiers, and instead of fighting with the other players, he drops his weapons and types in the names of soldiers who died in Iraq.

Interestingly, DeLappe told me that reenacting older works has traditionally been a way that the art world explores the possibility of new spaces for art.

Photo courtesy of Joseph DeLappe.

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