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Artist Wafaa Bilal questions what it means to 'go viral' with a giant installation that pays homage to a 2007 Internet sensation.

Artist Wafaa Bilal recently installed a giant, inflatable representation of the YouTube sensation Technoviking in Manchester, UK for the AND Festival. In  the original meme, a shirtless, techno-loving, bearded man grabs an unruly dancer after he shoves a blue-haired girl on the street. The man is nicknamed ‘Technoviking’ after the incident- ‘techno’ for his choice in music, and ‘viking’ because he’s wearing a Thor’s hammer pendant. The original YouTube video went viral in 2007, and currently has over 15 million views.

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