Artist Recreates Gandhi’s Salt March Protest in Second Life

When last we saw artist and professor Joseph DeLappe, he was protesting the Iraq war – and infuriating other players – by typing the names of dead U.S. miltary personnel into the multiplayer chat window of America’s Army.

While DeLappe continues to visit the Army recruiting game as part of his Dead in Iraq war protest, he has turned to a new virtual project, recreating Gandhi’s 1930 Salt March within Second Life. As reported by GQ:

DeLappe will begin reenacting Gandhi’s 1930 240-mile Salt March on a treadmill inside New York’s Eyebeam gallery—all of which will be reproduced in real time on Second Life.

Yes, the self-parody is (kind of) deliberate. “I’m a spoiled American computer artist paying tribute to Gandhi’s life and philosophy by taking on certain aspects of his march, like the walking,” he says. “But at the same time, you know, I’m not going anywhere.”

DeLappe writes on his blog that he will use a specially converted Nordic Trak treadmill to control his SL 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… my steps on the treadmill will control the forward movement of my avatar…

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