The Salt Satyagraha Online - Gandhi's Treadmill Powered Salt March in Second Life (2008)

Over the course of 26 days, using a treadmill customized for cyberspace, Joseph DeLappe, reenacted Mahatma Gandhi's famous 1930s Salt March. The original 240-mile walk was made in protest of the British Salt Act of 1882; DeLappe's update took place in the real world at Eyebeam, NYC and online in Second Life, the Internet-based virtual world.

For this performative reenactment, DeLappe walked the entire 240 miles of the original march on a self-powered (non motorized) treadmill customized to control the forward movement of his online avatar, enabling the live and virtual reenactment of the historic march.

More documentation of the work available at:

http://www.delappe.net

--and--

http://saltmarchsecondlife.wordpress.com

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Over the course of 26 days, using a treadmill customized for cyberspace, Joseph DeLappe, reenacted Mahatma Gandhi's famous 1930s Salt March. The original 240-mile walk was made in protest of the British Salt Act of 1882; DeLappe's update took place in the real world at Eyebeam, NYC and online in Second Life, the Internet-based virtual world.

For this performative reenactment, DeLappe walked the entire 240 miles of the original march on a self-powered (non motorized) treadmill customized to control the forward movement of his online avatar, enabling the live and virtual reenactment of the historic march.

More documentation of the work available at:

http://www.delappe.net

--and--

http://saltmarchsecondlife.wordpress.com

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