by Perry Michael Simon on June 22, 2011
Here’s a guy who’s planning to be shipped in a museum crate from Arkansas to Oregon, July 1st through 7th, while communicating solely through playing Lord of the Rings Online. Jordan Wayne Long will be playing as “Adanwings” on the Meneldor server, in case you want to go looking for him. You’ll also be able to follow his progress in the game on his blog (where another LOTRO character, “Townsfolk,” is blogging about his character) and through Twitter. It all ends with his arrival and, er, performance at Fourteen30Contemporary in Portland on July 7th.
Why is he doing this? First thing is that he’s described as a “performance and video artist,” so, um, it’s art, I guess. Second, he says he’s studying Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how people with PTSD cope by escaping into online worlds.
He tried to raise funds for this through Kickstarter and fell short, but he posted a video there with some of his other work:
I suppose you could also look at this as a statement in general about ALL obsessive MMORPG players. But most of them don’t do it in a crate being hauled across the country.