Man is shipping himself cross country in a crate while playing Lord of the Rings Online. For science. And art.
It’s easy to get lost in MMOs, but artist Jordan Wayne Long is preparing to play Lord of the Rings Online while stuck in a shipping crate for seven days from Bald Knob, Arkansas to Portland, Oregon. He’s doing it to study PTSD… or just as an excuse to be left alone while he levels his dwarf. And by leveling his dwarf, I mean… oh fuck it.
Long, a “performance and video artist” according to his website, plans to travel by crate for a week with no connection to the outside world, except for his Lord of the Rings Online account. He has said that this relates to his study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and coping mechanisms related to PTSD. Many sufferers of the disorder escape into online communities, where they can reinvent themselves and the society in which they live.
The actual travel will take place from July 1 to July 7, concluding in a presentation at one of Fourteen30’s Portland art galleries. A friend of Long’s, Bradi Roberts, will be shipping the crate with Long inside on her truck.
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