Getting Lost (The Long Dérive)
One of the most recent works to circulate through social media networks and generally attributed to The Artist 2.0 is titled Getting Lost (The Long Dérive). The work is a split screen digital video that literally remixes one of the early Lake District Walks with a virtual walkthrough rendered in a 3-D game engine. The work's title is an obvious reference to both the British artist Richard Long and the Situationist act of drifting.
Another recent work of video art to appear on the Internet and now exhibited at the MOGA website is also attributed to The Artist 2.0 and is entitled WeRMediumzGoMetaOn-U. Curators at the museum as well as fans of The Artist 2.0 see this as yet another work associated with both the Google-Assisted Living series and some of the earlier experiments with both mobile videography and experimental forms of text. Similar to Chris Marker's La jetée and San Soleil, which some think the work is an homage to, the video consists of still images most likely captured via Google Earth and Google Street View and specifically in Brazil. The narrative text that accompanies the images situates the story as an investigation into what the voiceover refers to as "trance-portation" and how “we find ourselves rapidly becoming a networked apparatus of Mediums.”
Many believe that even though the WeRMediumzGoMetaOn-U video maintains the playful quality found in much of the artist’s work, it is actually being used as a propaganda tool to attract new recruits to a cult that the artist himself now belongs to and serves as Chief Medium.