Treadmill Powered Gandhi in Second Life





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Uploaded on Apr 9, 2008

Over the course of 26 days, a treadmill customized for cyberspace was used to reenact Gandhi's famous Salt March of 1930. The original 240-mile walk was made in protest of the British Salt Act of 1882; Joseph DeLappe's recreation of this seminal act of protest took place at Eyebeam, New York City and in Second Life, the Internet-based virtual world.

Media artist Joseph DeLappe walked the entire 240 miles of the original march on a converted treadmill - his steps on the treadmill controlled the forward movement of his online avatar, MGandhi Chakrabarti, enabling the live and virtual reenactment of the historic march. It took 26 days (with three rest days coinciding with the actual rest days from the original march) to complete this reenactment in RL and SL.

Joseph DeLappe is a 2008 Commissioned Resident Artist at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City.

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