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The Virtual Artaud: Computer Virus as Performance Art

Jason Farman
Extensions: The Online Journal of Embodied Technology, vol. 2, pp.65-73

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The computer virus is often termed a malicious threat to personal privacy, security, and system integrity by companies such as McAfee, Symantec, and Norton; yet, how would we categorize such a virus if it were scripted as a performance-art piece? In June of 2001, two performance art groups collaborated to script a computer virus-as-performance-art and launched it at the 49th Venice Biennale. The performance-virus, named, was launched from the Slovenian Pavilion on the opening day of the exhibition.

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