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and please don’t forget…

tomorrow – April 5th, 12-6pm – Last Day of the March!

Final steps, Eyebeam Island Saturday, April 5th, after 5pm:


Saturday, April 5th marks the culmination of Joseph DeLappe’s 22 days and 240 miles of walking on a treadmill to control his Gandhi avatar walking across Second Life to re-enact the Mahatma’s “Salt March to Dandi”, the seminal 1930’s protest against the British Salt Act of 1882. On this, the final day of walking both on the treadmill at Eyebeam, New York City, and in Second Life, the public is invited to either visit Eyebeam to witness the final steps of the march or join MGandhi Chakrabarti in Second Life to virtually walk the final miles.

The final steps of the march will occur on the Eyebeam Island in Second Life, MGandhi Chakrabarti will arrive some time after 5:00pm Eastern time:


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A very fascinating day of wandering about Second Life. I’ve posted large group of pictures here to better describe the day. I’ve now covered 218 miles of the 240, two days to go!


I found myself, through the process of island hopping, arriving at Odyssey Island Contemporary Art and Performance (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Odyssey/17/60/24) which features documentation and hosts the events of fellow online/gaming performers! (some friends, some email acquaintances and such). Quite pleased to stumble upon this island that highlights and supports the work of experimental online performance artists. Above see a picture of Gandhi with two rotating spheres, originally, I assume, “rotoreliefs” by Marcel Duchamp which were rotating electromechanical sculptures he first displayed at an industrial fair in Paris to the bemusement of the attendees. (btw, one of my favorite artists of all time).

Below, posing for a snapshot in front of documentation of fellow re-enactors, Eva and Franco Mattes and their recreation of Chris Burden’s performance work.


Here is Gandhi in front of a large sculpture outside the main gallery area on Odyssey.


Posing in front of an image of Second Front (the only Second Life based performance collective), this being an image of their performance to reenact the Last Supper.


Standing on some curious beach towels looking out at a sailing ship.


Climbing a series of beautiful volcanoes complete with bubbling lava, be careful Gandhi!


Gandhi at a Texas line dance (he does not care for country music).


With a pink flamingo.


While passing through the corner of a region, came upon this fully shrine to Jesus.


And this I think is Mount Wolfmore – great sim area that I believe is based on Japanese anime charactors.


Gandhi visiting a trailer park, quite nice to see something seriously realistic for a change.


Not to mention the Airstream trailers on the backside of a wonderful sim of New Orleans – assuming these reflect the state of things post Hurricane Katrina – these were just off of a lovingly reproduction of Bourbon Street and such.


Gandhi on the very different and bright Ben and Jerry’s island. Curious as Gandhi actually scolded some of his followers on the Salt March for accepting ice cream from well wishers met on the way!


Gandhi with a Ben and Jerry’s cow. (the first cow I’ve noticed in SL, many horses and unicorns, but don’t recall any cows save for this one).


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On the treadmill, MGandhi Chakrabarti in SL March 12th, 2008Spent my first day “marching” in Second Life. Walked approximately 10-11 miles on the treadmill taking a circuitous route starting at the Newcomb Sandbox at 12 noon this morning. Prior to the start of the march, I reenacted Gandhi’s famous speech given the night before the Salt March. Here is a link to the text: http://www.mkgandhi.org/speeches/dandi_march.htm

The walking was invigorating and exhausting – this is a self-powered treadmill – meaning no motor as most treadmills use electricity to power a motor that makes the treadmill move – my Nordic Trak Walkfit is an old school treadmill from 1994 that only moves when your walking propels the tread under your feet. The experience in SL today was very interesting – I started at the southwest areas of one of the main islands and will be working my way around this mainland for now. I’ve set several rules for myself, no flying or teleporting (this will likely be violated if I am to get to any of the countless islands in SL). For now, I am sticking to the larger swatches of land. Walking has already proven to be quite a challenge as SL has not been master planned for pedestrians! Private property and difficult to decipher maps make for an interesting journey to find the most direct route around SL for the march. I’ve often found myself backtracking to get to bridges or sometimes just walking underwater.

My basic navigational strategy is to head towards groups of people. When I find them, I often say hello and tell them what I am doing, also offering individuals a gift of a copy of my walking stick that includes a note describing the reenactment project, including a link to the blog. I am posting a two pictures here today, one of me on the treadmill at Eyebeam in NYC, the other is of MGandhi Chakrabarti in SL.

Also of note, an interesting little story first appearing in Men.Style.Com:

which was picked up and published just now on Wired.com:

Interesting contrast between the differing titles for these identical stories.  FYI I did not say I would be wearing “Jesus sandals” I said I would be wearing “tiva” sandals – interview took place on the cell phone while walking to Eyebeam so likely garbled.

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MGandhi Chakrabarti - my avatar for the project…March 12 – April 6, 2008* R&D Production Space, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and Online in Second Life
*rest days: March 17th, 24th and 31st

Welcome to my new blog for my online performance project to reenact Gandhi’s famous “Salt March to Dandi” in Second Life. I am presently a 2008 Commissioned Artist at Eyebeam Art and Technology in New York City. Eyebeam is hosting the premiere of this new work to reenact Mahatma Gandhi’s famous “Salt March” online by recreating the event as a “walk” across cyberspace to take place within the confines of Second Life using a specially converted treadmill to control my avatar. Over 26 days I will walk throughout the confines of this internet based community to reenact Gandhi’s famous 1930’s march to protest the British salt tax in India. For this performance work, I have converted a Nordic Trak “self-powered” treadmill upon which I will physically walk the entire 240 miles of the original march – my steps on the treadmill will control the forward movement of my avatar “MGandhi Chakrabarti” in Second Life – thus both physically and virtually reenacting this seminal march of protest. The treadmill will also be designed to hold a keyboard, mouse and monitor – visitors to Eyebeam can watch my progress in the game via a large video projection. Others are welcome and encouraged to walk with him online in Second Life. Visit this blog for daily start locations, updates and information regarding the project. Pictures of the treadmill set up coming soon!

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