Christian Meinhardt


Cargo Cult

A type of religious practice that appears in many traditional tribal societies in the wake of interactions with technologically advanced cultures. The cults are focused on obtaining the material wealth (the “cargo”) of the advanced culture through magic and religious rituals and practices, believing that the wealth was intended for them by their deities and ancestors.

The Cargo Container

The cargo container is used for the transportation and storage of moving products and raw materials between locations or countries. There are approximately seventeen million containers in the world, a product themselves of the industries that they serve.

The Cargo Series

The Cargo series are three augmented reality totems for the gods and demons of the information age. Assisting modern day cargo cults by presenting them with a place to reflect on the seemingly never-ending growth and unlimited material wealth of the bygone industrial age, and offering places for worship to post-modern deities with the hope that they will fill the cargo containers with new promises in place of the emptiness that has been left behind.

The original Cargo exhibition as presented on the Virtual Public Art Project spans the globe with ten different locations placed over empty ruins of left-behind industries and other man made wastelands like Chernobyl and former nuclear test sites.

(Dedicated to William Gibson)

About The Artist

Starting in the early 90′s with spending all his savings to buy a Mind Machine and an Amiga desktop computer, then teaching himself how to use 3D modelling software and how to build websites Christian has been experimenting with new media forever since.

He presented computer generated imagery and videos at exhibitions in Berlin and on MTV when it still was called TechnoArt, he read Science fiction novels about Cyberspace and started building virtual worlds.

Christian has always been trying to push the boundaries of what’s possible, and now he has found his latest frontier in Augmented Reality.

Christian lives and works in Germany.

Artist’s Website : Cargo @ VPAP