custom electronics, modified video game engine
In 2008 Harmon created What it is Without the Hand That Wields It, an electronic mechanical sculpture that was connected to a modified version of the video game Counterstrike. When gamers on the internet killed one another, the sculpture manifested the virtual kills physically by incrementally releasing streams of blood into a gallery, thereby bridging the two realities. Escalated 10 years later as a meditation on and reflection of Internet forum commentary on the original sculpture, the work was re-staged as WIIWTHTWI:X in collaboration with Evan Blackstone - a resurrected version in the form of a 3 day endurance performance, live stream, LAN as social sculpture, and new electronics that mixed and conflated the virtual with the physical location.
Commissioned by the Festival of Dangerous Ideas
with special thanks to
Cockatoo Island Harbour Trust, Sydney