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DPS Invades Turkey!

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We are The Third Faction, a collective of avatars with a shared interest in exposing biased power structures in virtual environments. Founded in 2008 in a temporary autonomous zone located in the land of Azeroth, we set forth to develop a democratized, non-hierarchical governance. The very act of labelling our group “The Third Faction” demonstrates our dissatisfaction with the existent political and corporate rule-sets. In order to achieve our goals, we continually subvert the deliberate factional conflict within game worlds through direct interaction with our supposed enemies, exploring peaceful modes of play, and bringing the ideas of political player resistance to the in-game public forum.

In 2011, The Third Faction launched Demand Player Sovereignty, a radical and participatory campaign designed to educate, raise social awareness, and instigate actions of protest and civil disobedience. DPS pushed for greater player autonomy within World of Warcraft, while drawing parallels to current global politics. Later that year, DPS gained notoriety through a series of workshops presented at ISEA 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. These workshops looked at virtual spaces as a medium for political engagement and led participants through strategies for interventions ranging from passive resistance to anarchical actions in game.

DPS participants conducted rallies, marches and sit-ins throughout the capital cities in World of Warcraft. We rallied for avatar rights, feminist causes, and an end to the war. We petitioned the scripted leaders of these fictional nation states who, much like our politicians, turn a deaf ear to pleas of citizenry. As a result, the citizens have grown disenfranchised on both sides of the digital spectrum.

personal exchange: a social investment proposal

personal exchange: a social investment proposal is an interventionist performance that proposes a artist funding vehicle based off the dire need for organ donors. visitors schedule appointments for a consultation to explore if they would be willing to donate their organs/body to transplant in exchange for stock and liquid capital.

the black market for transplants is extermely profitable and widespread; it would take very little to establish a legal means to solve the shortage of donors and reward those who make the commitment. the subtext of this imagined corporate entity: what if you could find personal financial security by doing the morally right thing?

This project, the Artist Donor Alliance (ADA), is interested in satisfying a desire held by myself and many of my contemporaries. This is the desire to do what is right and have it economically reward you.

The mission is to foster the community of artists both financially and morally through the legitimate methods of the economy.

The proposal is to use a balance of scientific realism, humanist understanding, and socially responsible action in order to benefit both humanity-at-large and the artist in the capitalist society. The methods of ADA are to establish a legal vehicle of investment income for the artist by fulfilling needs of Organ Procurement Organizations.