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A Piece of Mail Art Equipped With a Live Webcam Has Been Sent to Julian Assange

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In a strange, Web 2.0-type of twist on the concept of mail art, a fan (?) of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has mailed a parcel to him at the Ecuadorian embassy in London — where he has been living since he was granted asylum in June of last year — that is outfitted with a camera that takes and then uploads a photograph of whatever is going on outside the box every 10 seconds. According to the package’s website, it arrived at the Ecuadorian embassy over three hours ago.

The work, titled “Delivery for Mr. Assange” (2013), was created by the collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik, who explain on the project site:

A parcel containing a camera is sent to Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London through the Royal Mail. Through a hole in the parcel, the camera documents its journey through the postal system. The images are transfered to this website, where the status of the parcel can be followed in realtime.

Should the first parcel fail to reach Julian Assange, a second and third parcel will follow within the next few days.

We want to see where the parcel will end up. Will it reach its destination? Which route will it take?

As you might imagine, this attempt to automatically live-blog and photograph a journey through the Royal Mail, though conceptually interesting, is a little lacking aesthetically. Most of the photographs uploaded by “Delivery for Mr. Assange” are either partly or entirely black, as they have been for the last few hours. And, when there is something to see, it tends to look like this:

[SlashGear]

— Benjamin Sutton

(Images via archive.is.)

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