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Eyebeam, New York City and in Second Life

March 12 - April 6, 2008*
*rest days: March 17th, 24th and 31st

Over the course of 26 days, using a treadmill customized for cyberspace, I reenacted Mahatma Gandhi's famous 1930 Salt March. The original 240-mile walk was made in protest of the British salt tax; my update of this seminal protest march took place at Eyebeam and in Second Life, the Internet-based virtual world. For this performance, I walked the entire 240 miles of the original march on a converted treadmill at Eyebeam in New York City and online in Second Life. My steps on the treadmill controlled the forward movement of my avatar, MGandhi Chakrabarti, enabling the live and virtual reenactment of the march.

I've posted a selection of images of the project on this page - I encourange you to visit my Flicker pages for extensive documentation in the form of screenshots and photos of the installation. Well worth the time to view the slide show of the 200+ screenshots!

Also, visit the blog for the project for texts, daily updates and documentation posted during the process of the re-enactment:

Some Press:
The Times of India
The Telegraph India
Mumbai Mirror Game/Life
Newmedia.mcm.blogspot SL iReports

Thanks to:
This project would not have been possible without the generous assistance of Eyebeam project intern, Lenny Correa. Thanks to Erik Burke for his creative input and Pete Froslie for his assistance with the treadmill conversion.

This project has been sponsored by Eyebeam Art and Technology and the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Liberal Arts Scholarly and Creative Activities Funding.

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photo credit Christine A Butler

Exhibition: Tourists and Travelers

June 21st - July 19th, 2008
Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, NYC
I am showing documentation and new works derived from the Salt March online - including the 17' tall cardboard papercraft Gandhi (he is as tall as Michaelangelo's David). More documentation of this work is on my blog for the project.

Visit to see how to build a 17' Gandhi

photo credit Christine A Butler
photo credit Christine A Butler photo credit Laurie A. Macfee
photo credit Christine A Butler