Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mauerkrankheit / Wallsickness

Mauerkrankheit (a German term for Wallsickness to describe the malaise surrounding the Berlin Wall) is a series of visualizations of current and historic border walls. The first installation, in Second Life, begins with a section of the proposed “border fence” dividing Mexico from the U.S. and continues with segments from Gaza Fence, the Melilla Fence (the E.U. funded wall to separate Spanish territories from Morroco), the Berlin Wall, and The Great Wall of China. Currently in prototype form on Annenberg School’s Network Culture Sim, the work challenges the notion of a physical barrier in the virtual environment and explores the potential of community to come together (as opposed to being split apart) by political walls. Mauerkrankheit/Wallsickness in SL received a merit award of Merit Award of L$50,000 (US$200.) from USC Annenberg School for Communications: Network Culture Project.

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