Operation Jane Walk is a live, online performance that uses the post-apocalyptic universe of the shooter video game Tom Clancy's: The Division to change the rules. Avoiding armed combat, the characters in the video game retool their own war equipment to turn themselves into peaceful tourists who explore a New York that has been digitally reconstructed in every detail. People cross the dystopian city, that has been digitally recreated, as they talk about the history of architecture and urbanism and New York becomes the context for exploring the possibilities – and the impossibilities – of new technologies.
(Graz, Austria, 1988) is an artist, illustrator, and cultural anthropologist. Klengel is interested in relationships with public space, from both an individual and a collective point of view, and his research straddles art and social and political studies.
(Graz, Austria, 1987) studied visual art and multimedia at the University of Art and Design (UFG) in Linz, in Leipzig, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. At the moment, he is completing his PhD.
“We are both gamers and as such we played the game Tom Clancy's: The Division. Its gameplay is quite repetitive and the story is below blockbuster standards. But what really fascinated us from the beginning was the scenery. The gameworld is a detailed replica of midtown Manhattan, with all these icons of modernism on the way. We started – just for fun – to research the actual buildings while passing them. We made a joke to organiza a city tour and we were astonished to see that it is a great place to talk about architecture and urbanism.”