Last Saturday, thousands marched past the Spanish parliament building – in holographic form – against a new law they say curtails civil liberties. The protest was in response to the Citizen Safety Law, which places fines and restrictions on where citizens can protest.
The event was organised by ‘No Somos Delito’ (‘We are not a crime’), an umbrella group representing over 200 organisations in Spain. The group created the ‘Holograms for Liberty’ website where sympathizers can virtually participate by webcaming their faces into the hologram protest.
Speaking to El Mundo, the spokesperson for the group made the point of the protest very clear: "With the restrictions we're suffering on our freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, the last option that will be left to us in the end will be to protest through our holograms."
The holographic protest represents the melding of digital and physical worlds to create new forms of political expressions. People from around the world virtually participated in a physically political demonstration in front of the Spanish parliament building.
What new forms of political expression are possible with new technologies that link the digital with physical, such as drones, internet of things (IoT), wearbles, etc?
How will our notions of physical space change when people can easily slip in and out of physical spaces with holographic, telepresence, and even drone technology?
The Independent (2015 April 12) Spain's hologram protest: Thousands join virtual march in Madrid against new gag law