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Alan Sondheim on Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:00:40 +0200 (CEST)


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PERFORMANCE IN SECOND LIFE THIS WEDNESDAY


Sandy Baldwin and Alan Sondheim, PERFORMANCE IN SECOND LIFE as part of
THE ACCIDENTAL ARTIST Exhibition

We're doing Theatrical Performance to the Nth Degree: Avadrama
with scripts by Sandy Baldwin and Alan Sondheim,
using EXPERIMENTAL AVATAR BEHAVIORS AND TEXTS

Wednesday, July 6th, at 4pm and 10pm Eastern (Daylight Savings) Time, US

Please attend - and if you can't make it, check out
THE ACCIDENTAL ARTIST Exhibition which changes almost daily!

See Below for instructions to log on to Second Life:

Odyssey presents:

THE ACCIDENTAL ARTIST

Alan Sondheim

GO TO location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Odyssey/48/12/22

VIDEO PERFORMERS: Foofwa d'Imobilite, Azure Carter, Kira Sedlock,
David Bello, Alan Sondheim, Maud Liardon.

Thanks to Sugar Seville, Sandy Baldwin, NYSCA, Frances van Scoy,
Virtual Environments Laboratory at West Virginia University, Gary Manes,
New York State Council of the Arts, NSF

WRITE HOME: ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! Poor little avatars hide behind poor
little avatars! Avatars ab/use! Avatars don't need air! You can't
weigh them! They don't know the meaning of the word! THESE avatars
don't know anything! They're weighed down by coordinates! They can't
fuck! Their prims bend, smash! Smashed prims are prims. Hello, hello!
Video and performance spewed from a laboratory of virtual
environments. IN MY WORLD, THERE ARE NO ERRORS, ONLY SEDUCTIONS!

The human figure's place in art gets turned inside out here in this
world of unfolded and refolded geometries. What remains of the body
in the domain of the virtual? What survives the transition? Could
this still be called a body? Where are we going in this crossing over
into bits, why are we going there/nowhere and what does it say about
the nature of human desire?  At what point does a beautiful accident
become a tragic mistake? Is there truly such a thing as a mistake?

A pioneer in virtual worlds and networked environments, Alan Sondheim
brings his latest work to Odyssey http://odysseyart.ning.com/, an
international community of artists working on 2 servers in the
networked 3d virtual world called Second Life.  An autobiography of
Sondheim's career as an artist can be found here
http://www.alansondheim.org/COMPBIO.TXT

This exhibit is being presented in the networked environment Second
Life on the Odyssey simulator. To view this work you must have a
Second Life account and avatar, which is free of charge and
is quick to set up and learn the basic functionality. To set
up an account, go here: http://secondlife.com/ Once you are logged
into Second Life, click this link
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Odyssey/48/12/22 in your web browser and
the Second Life client will teleport your avatar to the location of
the exhibit. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate your
avatar through the exhibit and be sure to press play on both the
audio and video buttons located on the lower right of your Second
Life client.

Thank you!


avatar : noun
      Etymology:
      Sanskrit avatârah descent, from avatarati he descends, from
      ava- away + tarati he crosses over

      1: the incarnation of a Hindu deity (as Vishnu) 2 a: an
      incarnation in human form b: an embodiment (as of a concept or
      philosophy) often in a person 3: a variant phase or version of
      a continuing basic entity 4: an electronic image that
      represents and is manipulated by a computer user (as in a
      computer game)



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