Posts Tagged ‘mixedreality

08
Aug
09

I Am Transreal, pt. 2 [augmentology.com]

I am becoming something else. In this moment, this being-in-transition, I am willfully stepping into the unknown. I am between realities. I can only imagine what I want to become, and then choose to become that new thing, but it is radically ungraspable, inconceivable. I can never know the reality of what I am choosing to become, desiring to become. My decision to transform can never be the right one, because it is always based on an illusion, a fantasy, a false conception with only a few points of data, not the rich details of an embodied life. As the transformation unfolds, those unknown events begin to occur, like seeing my breasts in the mirror for the first time after shaving my chest closely, feeling the movement in my orgasm change into something new or just walking down the street for a moment as a girl, unnoticed and not needing any special attention. My decision to become something else is always a decision to become mythopoetic, because the reality of the new state is always unknown, imaginary, a construct, a fantasy. Yet I don’t seek to decry this radical state of uncertainty but to embrace it. The very moments of everyday perception are also simply intersections of a real materiality with my symbolic and imaginary processing engines making sense of them, down to the way that I understand what pleasure is and what pain is and when the two become too close so as to be confused. And a choice to not transform is of course still a choice to transform into a different state, as our bodies are all in permanent transition, aging, training, consuming, producing, perceiving, creating new folds in our craniums.

Read the rest at Augmentology.com and leave a comment! I’d love to know what you think of this writing…

29
Jul
09

I Am Transreal [Augmentology.com]

Published on _Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1_ today, july 28th. I’m so glad to be back on Augmentology.com. I really love mez’s writing and thinking as well as the other authors there. Its a great site, so check out the other articles as well, after you read mine!

_I am Transreal_: A Reflection On/Of Becoming Dragon [Part 1]

I am transreal. Look at me. When you do, a million iridescent scales across my dragon hide flick, move and align to create a multiplicity of perceptions, transversal illusions and realities cutting through each other, intersecting, dancing. Look at me. You see a shimmering of my fantasies and yours, a convergence of your minute sensory events, your imaginary constructs and my desires. Look at me. The mythopoetic elements of your reality and mine come into contact, unwind and become a recombinant event of male and female and something else, something more, for just an instant. Perhaps after that initial instant, one of your myths takes over your perception and you decide that you understand, but before that, I instill confusion and doubt. I can see it on your face… read more at augmentology.com

09
Dec
08

Stelarc and myself discussing the body in transition/transmission and mixed realities

stelarc_001

04
Dec
08

day 3 reflection

i’m going to write a bit about my day now because so many amazing things happened, and i want to write about them while i remember them in detail. you can see a lot of this in the photos on my blog, but here’s a summary of some of it.

first the san diego city beat article came out today, and early in the morning a tgirl in dc saw it and teleported into my space in sl. she invited me to a lounge in sl for trans people. that has been so surprising and great, that so many trans people have come to talk to me. it makes me so happy and i hope they keep coming. a lot of trans people are stealth in sl because they can be, and i was for a while too, but obviously not any more.

right before the afternoon event mokoko took me to the Space Studies Institute, where they construct models in SL of real world space vehicles for space startups and test the physics of the vehicles using the virtual world. that is an amazing mixed reality performance.

in the afternoon sandy stone came to my space for an in world voice chat. its hard to summarize, because once we got the sound issues solved (i have to mute my mic after i talk for events like this in the future) the discussion was amazing. i am so honored that sandy came to my space, and we got into some great issues about the possibilities of gender, the relationship between gender and power, the daily reality of violence that gender nonconforming people face, the relationship between gender and species and transgender and transspecies, the tension betwen positionality and transition, language as mediation for the body and the constant variation of degrees of mediation, and so much more. it was amazing. thank you sandy.

later, anya gallacio and her partner showed up in world and we sat in relic for a while enjoying the scene, listening to the waves. Fau from Second Front came and did a wonderful performance of riding on my back! Angelbeast also took a turn riding me, which was great fun.

In the evening my brother teleported in from miami and we chatted. now that he knows how sl works he can show the rest of my family there my performance. we hung out in relic too. i’m really hoping that more people will share more great places in sl with me so i can share them with people as part of my performance.

the motion capture worked for a while today and the audience still gets to see the stereo projection, which is great. tonight we’re going to work more on getting stereo running in the hmd again. tech issues are a constant problem, though, of course. the head tracking keeps crashing my whole machine, which i’ve emailed emagin about and hope they can help with. the voice is an issue because i need more legibility sometimes, so i tweak it a lot.

i feel good. mostly me face is sore from the weight of the device. i need some small foam or fabric piece for my nose i think. the hard part now is when i take off the visor, my balance is not good. i’ve been eating regularly but one strange sensation i have is that i’m never very hungry. having this digital world in front of my eyes must keep my brain in attention mode, because i don’t feel hungry. i also haven’t had much down time for writing, but i’m sure that will come.

thank you to everyone who keeps visiting me. keep coming back.

01
Dec
08

How to see Becoming Dragon

You can see Becoming Dragon from December 1-16th, 2008, in real life at Calit2 on the UCSD Campus, directions here, or in Second Life at the performance space sponsored by Ars Virtua, teleport here.

Opening night is tonight! December 1st at 7pm, where I will be reading poetry. There are also events throughout the performance, if you can’t make it tonight. I hope to see you there.

26
Nov
08

Becoming Dragon, Dec 1-17th, calendar of events and poster

Becoming Dragon – a 365 hour immersive performance in Second Life
December 1-17th
Opening December 1st, 7-9pm
Daily Hours, 11am-7pm

Where: The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA),
Atkinson Hall, Visiting Artist Lab #1613, UCSD, and in Second Life at
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/186/12/35

Contact: Micha Cárdenas, mcardenas A+ ucsd (d()t) edu
or IM Azdel Slade in Second Life

Calendar of Events throughout the performance, all times are SLT, Second Life Time, which corresponds to Pacific Standard Time. You can attend and participate in all of these events here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/186/12/35

Dec 3rd, 3pm,
Voice Chat with Sandy Stone
“Gender and Desire in Virtual Worlds”
http://sandystone.com

Dec 5th, 5pm
“Something is Happening”
UCSD Symposium on Performance and Affect
http://visarts.ucsd.edu

Dec 8th, 6pm
Voice Chat with Stelarc
“The Body in Transmission/Transition: Learning to Live in Mixed Realities”
also streamed in Tijuana live at Lui Velazquez
http://www.stelarc.va.com.au
http://luivelazquez.com

Dec 10th, 2pm
Voice Chat with Brian Holmes and Rubaiyat Shatner
“Imagining New Worlds, Biopolitics and Self-Governance in SL”
http://arsvirtua.com
http://brianholmes.wordpress.com/

Becoming Dragon is a mixed reality, durational performance in Second
Life, in CRCA’s Visiting Artist Lab #1613 of the Atkinson Hall building,
on the UC San Diego campus. The opening begins at 7pm on December 1st,
2008 and the performance will run for 365 hours. The performance is
Micha Cárdenas’ final MFA project.

Becoming Dragon questions the one year requirement of Real Life
Experience that transgender people must fulfill in order to receive
Gender Confirmation Surgery (Sexual Reassignment Surgery), and asks if
this could be replaced by one year of Second Life Experience to lead to
Species Reassignment Surgery. For the performance, Micha Cárdenas will
live for 365 hours immersed in Second Life with a head mounted display,
so that all she will see is Second Life, and a motion capture system to
map her movements into Second Life. The performance space will be open
to the public for the duration, during the hours that the building is
open, 9am to 7pm. During the entire duration of the performance Micha
will stay in the performance space at CRCA and in Second Life.

Becoming Dragon is receiving support from the Center for Research in
Computing and the Arts, CalIT2, University of California Institute for
Research in the Arts, Ars Virtua, the gallery@calit2, the b.a.n.g. lab
and the Embodied Cognition Lab of the cognitive Science Department.

See the performance in Second Life here:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/186/12/35

Read Micha’s live blogging from Second Life during the performance at:
https://secondloop.wordpress.com

[New to Second Life? Here’s a link to a ‘Getting Started in Second Life’ article on the virtual world’s website: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Help:Getting_started_in_Second_Life.]

Hours and Location:
CRCA, Atkinson Hall, Room 1613
Hours: 11am-7pm, Opening Dec. 1, 2008, 7pm,
Continuing for 365 hours, roughly 3 weeks

First Floor, Atkinson Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Map & Directions: http://atkinsonhall.calit2.net/directions/

Read more at:
https://secondloop.wordpress.com
http://sharingissexy.org/wiki/Becoming_Dragon
http://bang.calit2.net/tts/category/becomingdragon/
http://flickr.com/photos/azdelslade
http://flickr.com/photos/lotu5/sets/72157606067246259/
http://delicious.com/lotu5/becomingdragon

18
Nov
08

PRESS RELEASE: Becoming Dragon, a mixed reality, durational performance in Second Life, opens December 1st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Becoming Dragon, a mixed reality, durational performance in Second Life, opens December 1st

What: Performance in Second Life and at CRCA on the UCSD Campus
When: Beginning December 1st, 7pm, running for 365 hours, viewing hours, 11AM-7PM
Where: The Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), Atkinson Hall, Visiting Artist Lab #1613, UCSD, and in Second Life at
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/186/12/35
Contact: Micha Cárdenas, mcardenas A+ ucsd (d0T} edu


Becoming Dragon is a mixed reality, durational performance in Second Life, in CRCA’s Visiting Artist Lab #1613 of the Atkinson Hall building, on the UC San Diego campus. The opening begins at 7pm on December 1st, 2008 and the performance will run for 365 hours. The performance is Micha Cárdenas’ final MFA project.

Becoming Dragon questions the one year requirement of Real Life Experience that transgender people must fulfill in order to receive Gender Confirmation Surgery (Sexual Reassignment Surgery), and asks if this could be replaced by one year of Second Life Experience to lead to Species Reassignment Surgery. For the performance, Micha Cárdenas will live for 365 hours immersed in Second Life with a head mounted display, so that all she will see is Second Life and a motion capture system to map her movements into Second Life. The performance space will be open to the public for the duration, during the hours that the building is open, 9am to 7pm. During the entire duration of the performance Micha will stay in the performance space at CRCA and in Second Life.

Second Life is an online 3D virtual world, where users can create their own avatars in whatever form they like. It is not a goal oriented game, so its users refer to it as a metaverse or a MUVE, Multi User Virtual Environment. There are over 15 million registered users of Second Life. More information is available at http://secondlife.com

The Free Software/Open Source licensing of Second Life also provides a code base for modification, and a number of modifications have been made for Becoming Dragon. Kael Greco has patched the Second Life client to include an updated version of the stereoscopic code from the University of Michigan. For the duration of the performance, Micha Cárdenas will wear a Head Mounted Display (HMD) with stereoscopic display to simulate an actual 3 dimensional experience of Second Life by displaying a different image in each eye.

To further explore becoming as an embodied process and Second Life as a Mixed Reality Performance, Christopher Head has added code to the Second Life viewer to read live motion capture data from the Vicon motion capture system in the performance space. This code, along with scripts in Second Life allow the avatar’s movements to correspond to Micha Cárdenas’ movements. In Second Life, the performance will take place in a to-scale model of the actual performance space, to allow the performer to navigate that space over the duration of the performance.

A number of other modes of Mixed Reality will be included in the performance, including a live video feed from the lab into Second Life and 3D printouts of Second Life objects in the actual performance space. The performance space will also include an HD stereo projection of Second Life which visitors can see and interact with.

The project seeks to explore the shift from subjectivity to becoming, to examine the subject in transition, as opposed to a clearly defined identity. The choice of a dragon for an avatar is related to the history of dragons as magical creatures, able to shapeshift into different forms and teleport through space, well suited to Second Life. Dragons are also part of the large community of non-anthropomorphic avatars in Second Life, which are not easily limited to either male or female binary gender categories. The project seeks to explore the possibility for using mixed reality environments to construct new genders outside of the limitations of the male/female spectrum.

The performance is one stage of an ongoing investigation of the transformative potential of technology, inspired by artists such as Orlan and Stelarc. During the year of research and development of this project, Micha Cárdenas has begun her real life hormone replacement therapy and has been writing poetry and prose about the experience on her blog, http://technotrannyslut.com. This writing will be included in the performance of Becoming Dragon.

Second Life is being used as a networked, mixed reality platform. The massively multi-user nature of Second Life, with over a million users, allows an exploration of online public space, becoming as a process of social feedback and the subject in transition as the subject in transmission.

Becoming Dragon is receiving support from the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, CalIT2, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Ars Virtua, the gallery@calit2, the b.a.n.g. lab and the Embodied Cognition Lab of the cognitive Science Department.

Artist Bios

Micha Cárdenas is an MFA candidate at the University of California San Diego. Micha holds a Master’s degree in Media and Communications with distinction from the European Graduate School and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Florida International University. She is a researcher at CalIT2 and CRCA and is currently working at inSite on their video archive. Her interests include the interplay of technology, gender, sex, desire and resistance. Micha is a transgender, genderqueer media artist, theorist and trouble maker. Micha is a founding member of a number of art/activism collectives including Sharing Is Sexy, the borderlands Hacklab and the City Heights Free Skool. Micha is the performer and technical and artistic director of Becoming Dragon.

Kael Greco is an M.F.A candidate and researcher at CalIT2 at UCSD. His research focuses on space and its representation through computation; how cities, territories, landforms are processed and understood as datasets. Kael’s work has been exhibited across the country, from gallery shows in NYC (most recently at Apex Art) to technology conferences in Southern CA (a featured exhibitor in the 2007 O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference). His work has also been seen in publications such as Engadget and Glowlab. Kael Greco holds Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics and Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kael has ported the stereoscopic code for Becoming Dragon.

Christopher Head is a software artist and MFA student at the University of California San Diego. Much of his work focuses on the intersection of software design and art practice to produce projects that take a variety of forms including computer visualization, simulation, games, and hardware hacking. Christopher received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Jose State University while working in the CADRE Laboratory for New Media. While at SJSU he also participated in the ISEA2006/ZeroOne festival as part of the Montalvo Arts Center visiting artist residency with Antoni Muntadas as well as a series of exhibitions and shows within the SJSU Art Department. Christopher has written the motion capture code for Becoming Dragon.

Benjamin Lotan received his BS in cognitive science from the University of California at San Diego in 2008 specializing in Human Computer Interaction. His past research has been supported by Calit2, CRCA, and the Embodied Cognition Lab. He now works as an interaction designer and documentary filmmaker in San Diego. Benjamin is working on documentation for Becoming Dragon.

Anna Storelli is an Undergraduate in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California San Diego. She studies a broad spectrum from computer technology to film and video to traditional studio art, while exploring the intermixing of traditional mediums with digital media. She worked as a graphic artist for an interactive flash-based website, Earthguide.ucsd.edu, in partnership with Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Now she does production work for Warner Brothers Entertainment Co., DC Comics, assisting all aspects of pre-press preparation for the Wildstorm/CMX comic lines. She plans to finish her degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts by 2010. Anna is working on 3D modeling and 3D printing for Becoming Dragon.

See the performance in Second Life here:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seventh%20Eye/186/12/35

Read Micha’s live blogging from Second Life during the performance at:
https://secondloop.wordpress.com

Hours and Location:
CRCA, Atkinson Hall, Room 1613
Hours: 11am-7pm, Opening Dec. 1, 2008, 7pm,
Continuing for 365 hours, roughly 3 weeks

First Floor, Atkinson Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Map & Directions: http://atkinsonhall.calit2.net/directions/

Read more at:
https://secondloop.wordpress.com
http://sharingissexy.org/wiki/Becoming_Dragon
http://technotrannyslut.com/category/becomingdragon/
http://flickr.com/photos/azdelslade

http://flickr.com/photos/lotu5/sets/72157606067246259/

http://delicious.com/lotu5/becomingdragon

#




links

Visit the performance space in SL

Blog Stats

  • 33,457 hits