Institute for the Future of Bodies.


Here is a link to a totally insane little project Ben and I collaborated on back in third year at Hampshire. It was for a class called “Steeped in Story” in which we put together a collaborative/interactive hypermedia story project and solicited classmates to create internet personalities and join in on the burgeoning drama in an outsider, body-centric “theoretical institute.” Our personalities were the leaders, David Bellstein and Werner von Franz. In a bizarre agreement, David, who believes his consciousness can be downloaded on to a computer, and Werner, who believes he can overcome modern alienation by accruing extra humanity in the act of anthrophagy (cannibalism), decide that as David is downloaded to a computer, Werner will remove and eat his body parts.

The setup is rather primitive, as neither of us were particularly proficient with coding at the time, but the story was off to an interesting and promising start before the class ended and our classmates stopped posting. It’s too bad this didn’t go on further, and probably would have had we something like Ghost Island at that point. But, I thought you might be interested to see it anyhow.

1 Response to “Institute for the Future of Bodies.”

  1. 1 Luckycloud
    April 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    PS – Avi, when are we getting this Ghost Island U off the ground?

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