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arctic circle log Double Travel For this 'travel-as-art-as-information' project we go by camper van up the Alaska, Klondike and Dempster Highways to the edge of the Arctic Sea; simultaneously uploading along the way performance loops and text exchanges on to the swarming Infobahn.
Our real road journey takes us over the Arctic Circle to one of the globe's last remote wildernesses... With some sort of connectivity available everywhere now, we will be uploading video, sound, image and text files to you, our co-travellers, from the road... from tire repair shops probably, RV-hookup campgrounds, trailer homes, who knows? Via one of the worlds most northern Internet nodes, the Inukshuk machine at the Inuvik Research Center (Thank you, Alan Fehr and Les Kutny!) and with accounts on Yukon Net, Compuserve and The Thing, we shall construct a virtual presence there from here, as we eat up 8000 kilometers of pavement and gravel, and chew even greater distances on the Internet at one and the same time. Our virtual travel is planned to continue months after our physical travel ends. Why not? After all, fast media slow down the perception of time in direct proportion to the build-up of déja vu residue, like archetypes or myths did, and CNN or TV reruns do. <<arctic circle>> is an investigation into two forms of contemporary loneliness: On the one hand, the feeling of being and not belonging in a vast, natural space like the Canadian North, picturing oneself as an ant, a smudge on a map. On the other hand, sitting in front of a laptop screen, trying to conjure a two-way link to you all somewhere in the swarming cyberspace on the other side of the screen. Which is lonelier? Contact, natural or virtual, is purely loneliness, or at least a reminder that we end in ourselves.
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