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