Giant Head of Techno Viking

Schöne Installation von Wafaa Bilal im All Saints Park in Manchester für das AND Festival (Art, New Cinema, Digital Culture). Bilal kennt Ihr, 2007 wurde er mit seiner „Shot That Iraqi“-Aktion weltberühmt, zuletzt hatte ich ihn vor zwei Jahren hier mit seiner im Hinterkopf eingepflanzten Videocam. Und jetzt hat er einen gigantischen, aufblasbaren Kopf vom Techno Viking in 'nen Park gelegt, der Kopf verliert Luft und wird per Twitter über das Hashtag #technoviking wieder aufgepumpt. Geht um die Halbwertszeit von Memes und die Bedeutung von Virals.

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Wafaa Bilal has installed an inflatable Technoviking avatar at All Saints Park in Manchester for AND, the Festival of New Cinema, Digital Culture and Art (running this weekend and you should run there too if you can, it's that good). The gigantic head is linked a twitter account and in order to breathe life into it, people have to tweet about it otherwise Technoviking will go flat and dance right back to oblivion again. So go and tweet #technoviking to keep him alive!

Meme Junkyard is fun and a bit silly of course but it also invites us to reflect on the promises of constant connectivity, on the meaning of 'going viral,' of generating almost unlimited levels of attention before fading back into disinterest. What happens to the technoviking (as well as to the other meme that will soon lay to inflate and deflate in the meme junkyard) is similar to what awaits our ego when other web users stop re-tweeting our rants, linking to our blog posts (oh please let that never happen to me!), or thumbing up our status on facebook.

Meme Junkyard: Technoviking

Vorher auf Nerdcore:
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Shot that Iraqi!