Treachery

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Treachery is a handmade arcade cabinet that displays a high-definition video of an identical cabinet burning in a suburban farm field. The video and sound can be controlled by a “player” who has the option to start, rewind, fast-forward, and change camera angles using a joystick and buttons. Given the pastoral setting of the video and its solemn tone, Treachery recalls ritualistic practices such as a Roman funeral pyre, a Druidic wicker man, or more recently, the Burning Man festival. Is this arcade fire a neo-pagan sacrifice to the gods of digital culture? Or is this the treacherous work of a neo-Luddite vigilante? Perhaps it is neither. Or both.

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