Techno Viking – AND festival
Wafaa Bilal is known internationally for his performative and interactive works. For this project, the American artist continued the trend, taking the sort of public garden where a historic statue would normally be sited and making it home to a very different kind of monument. Namely, a giant, inflatable representation of Technoviking.
Both the title of a video and the nickname of its German protaganist, Technoviking became a Youtube hit in 2007, accumulating tens of millions of views across the original upload and countless reposts, remixes, take-offs and fan films that followed.
Recreating Technoviking as an airfilled avatar that will inflate and deflate according to the rate of hits the video receives, Meme Junkyard asks us to consider what it means to ‘go viral’ and, be it a cat playing piano or David After Dentist, what becomes of an ‘overnight sensation’ months or years after the event.