Posts Tagged ‘secondlife

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…

07
Aug
09

Becoming Dragon in the 2009 SLon de Refuses!

Teleport here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Magoo/122/226/23

More info about the show here…

SLon Central on Magoo SIM (slurl)

Vote for Becoming Dragon in the People’s Choice award here!

The 2009 Unofficial Brooklyn is Watching Year 1 International SLon des Refuses will open in a relaxed and beyond casual way at 1PM SLT 6 August. The exhibition will occasionally be viewed live on a RL (Real Life) 52 inch mega-monitor screen by RL gallery visitors in the front space of the highly regarded RL Jack the Pelican Presents art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, along with the SL 30 Best show hosted by the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas SIM ( KU ART to the South). To the North of 30 Best is the Impermanence SIM, also hosted by KU ART, where the new incarnation of Brooklyn is Watching now makes its home. So come to Magoo or KU and show off your avatar-as-artwork! Brooklyn will be Watching!

30 Best show on KU (slurl)

Brooklyn is Watching Now on Impermanence (slurl)

The RL Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery (link)

Although all the Slon Artists on Magoo are winners by virtue of being requested to be in the SLon in the first place, there are further rankings to be determined in the Official Brooklyn is Watching Year 1 Festival, including the awarding of the People’s Choice and the Golden Eyeball. The People’s Choice will be made by online poll and the Golden Eyeball will be presented to one of the Final Five on the basis of votes made by RL visitors to the RL Jack the Pelican Presents gallery, not all of whom will be familiar with SL art or its intrinsic nature. The Final Five works will be shown for this purpose over the term of the exhibit on their own wall-mounted monitors in machinima form (link) by filmmaker (and SLon muse) Penumbra Carter.

Details on People’s Choice and Golden Eyeball (link)

For those of you not familiar with Brooklyn is Watching even though your artwork was nominated to be in the 30 Best of Brooklyn is Watching Year 1 (hey, it can happen!), here is a concise description by Juan Rubio from the press release:

“Brooklyn is Watching, conceived of by Jay Van Buren, executed as a collaboration with Boris Kizelshteyn and the Popcha! development team in February 2008, is a breakthrough relational art project that invites interaction between the two thriving art communities of Second Life and Williamsburg, Brooklyn accentuating the power relations between and among them. It consists of a series of inter-related spaces for artists, audiences, and participants. The primary spaces are a square parcel of land (sim) in Second Life where artists are invited to leave their work for one week (when it is automatically returned), and an alcove in the Williamsburg art gallery–Jack the Pelican Presents where the sim can be viewed on a large monitor and entered via an avatar.”

25
Jul
09

MFA Conversations II – Art Talk Sat, July 25th, 2-4pm

Come and join me for a conversation! I’m showing Becoming Dragon in this show and I’d love to discuss how it intersects with the other amazing pieces in the show!
MFA CONVERSATIONS PART II
ARTIST TALK at I-5 Gallery
Saturday, July 25, 2009
2PM to 4PM

Conversation: (NOUN) 1. An informal spoken exchange of thoughts and feelings; a familiar talk.
2. Social intercourse; close association. 3. Rare. Close acquaintance, as with an object of study.

I-5 Gallery is pleased to announce the first of two scheduled art talks in conjunction with MFA Conversations Part II on Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 2PM to 4PM. Participating artists are from Art Center College of Design, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Riverside,
Otis and Calarts. Please join several of the artists to discuss their work, each otherʼs work and to share those conversations with you, the public.

Calico Brown
Micha Cardenas
Alison J. Carr
Alejandro Casazi
Kristen Foster
Monica Elayne Hicks
Glenna Jennings
Erica Love
Greg MacLaughlin
Brian J. Marrier
Carrie Maseredjian
Lisa Miller
Clare Parry
Brianna Sendziak
April Totten
Alison Walker
Michiko Yao

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, July 25th from 2PM to 4PM.

II-5 Gallery
2100 North Main Street, Suite A-9
Los Angeles, CA 90031
323-342-0717
Press Information
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Ramirez, Gallery Director
Curator: Marla Koosed
breweryartwalk@yahoo.com



																
08
May
09

Upgrade! Tijuana rescheduled for Wednesday, May 13th!

Come out and join us at Lui Velazquez in Tijuana on Wednesday. I’ll be talking about Becoming Dragon and performing some new poetry.

RESCHEDULED

Upgrade! Tijuana
Fifth session / Quita Sesion
Wednesday, May 13th, 7-9pm

charlas sobre/de… // talks by/about…

Transborder Immigrant Tool – Ricardo Dominguez and Brett Stalbaum
Becoming Dragon – Micha Cárdenas
Thighmaster – Annina Rust
Kixly – Moisés Horta

mas informacion sigue y en // more info below and at
http://upgrade.dreamaddictive.com

at Lui Velazquez

Lui Velazquez
Calle José Maria Larroque #273.
1ro Piso, Int. 6, Colonia Federal.
Tijuana, Baja California.
Mexico, C.P. 22 300**

directions and map at http://luivelazquez.com

29
Mar
09

3 Minute Documentation Video

I prepared this for another festival submission. I’m working on a longer video for Open Studios on April 4th at UCSD. Come out and see it! Until then, enjoy this…

Becoming Dragon, 3 Minute Documentation from azdel slade on Vimeo.

26
Mar
09

Becoming Dragon on cover of the San Diego Reader and at Open Studios

Guess who’s on the cover of the San Diego Reader this week? ME! So pick up a copy and check it out, or read it online here and leave the author a comment!

I’m very happy, and very annoyed with this article on the cover of this week’s issue of the major San Diego weekly publication. I’m happy that the project is getting so much exposure. I’m very unhappy that the author chose to ignore my choice of pronouns, present the whole project as some mad scientist project “at tax payer’s expense” and put a ridiculous picture on the cover instead of one of the many photos and second life screenshots from the performance. At least the author had the courage to admit at the end of the article that I told him what pronouns to use and that he chose not to. Overall, I think that he quoted me at length, and accurately, on the core issues on the performance, which I really appreciate.

Also, if you’d like to see documentation of Becoming Dragon, life size, up close and personal, come to Open Studios at UCSD next Saturday, April 4th!

24
Feb
09

Becoming Dragon in “@” show at the College Art Association conference

I’m presenting documentation of Becoming Dragon in this show. Come out and see it Thursday night if you’re up in LA at CAA! I created a new installation using the chat logs from the performance. Come check it out! You can also attend the opening and the exhibition in Second Life at Ars Virtua.

“@”

Concurrent with the New Media Caucus panel Space: The New Frontier at the National CAA 2009, “@” is an exhibition that examines space and site.

With simultaneous locations in Los Angeles and Second Life (SL), “@”challenges artists to consider place & placelessness from within the context of networked culture.

The physical gallery space will be replicated within SL, featuring an actual window between the virtual and real worlds to observe and be observed.

The exhibition space will feature a floor-to-ceiling projection and a streaming video camera. This wall will serve as the interface between the Real Life (RL) in the gallery and its replication in Second Life.

The intent for “@” is to exploit the philosophically rich mirroring between RL and SL, as well as the paradoxical condition of being the observer and observed.

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New Media Caucus Reception: for the Exhibition “@” With live cinema by Be Johnny and Potter-Belmar Labs

Time: 9:30PM Thursday February 26

Place: SCI-Arc

Address details:
SCI-Arc is located a short cab ride (3 miles) from the Convention Center, near Little Tokyo. The exhibit and panels are in the SCI-Arc’s W.M. Keck Lecture Hall, located in the near the center of the building.

SCI-Arc is located at 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, The building entrance and parking lot are located at 350 Merrick St, between 4th Street and Traction Avenue.

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New Media Caucus Panel: “Space: The New Frontier”

In collaboration with the Southern California Institute of Architecture
Belinda Haikes, Virginia Commonwealth University

Time: 7PM

Place: To be determined
Panelists:

Robert Gero, Washington University
Peter Baldes, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jenn Figg, Virginia Commonwealth University
Panel abstract:

In 1946 the first photograph of the earth was sent back from outer space.
This moment in history, where technology allowed us to view beyond our
senses marks the transition to what has been dubbed the era of the
posthuman. This era, our era, is an era that like the Renaissance period
is built upon our changing conceptions of space. The Renaissance, with its
one point perspective created new perceptions for the work of art, and the
post human era, with its onmicient point of view creates new
understandings and problematizes ideas of space. It is through our
understanding of space that we can begin to understand the implications of
the limits and boundaries of our senses and our technologies. This panel
seeks to address how the change of our perceptions of space has been
influenced by technology and furthermore, how that change is affecting the
way we practice, create  and view the work of art. Whether an artist uses
Google earth or the spatial language of the video game, the art practice
has changed in the way it explores space through our technologies and as
such has changed our understanding of the phenomenal world.

18
Feb
09

Short Video Documentation

I made this very short 2 minute video about Becoming Dragon. I’m working on a much longer version, but this was for a show submission so it had to be short and to the point. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Becoming Dragon, 2 minute video documentation from azdel slade on Vimeo.
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04
Jan
09

More RL photos of Becoming Dragon

Here are some more real life photos of Becoming Dragon, including the last few days, the closing party and the very last moments of the performance.

11
Dec
08

night, day 10

day10_001

It is now the night of day 10. i am tired. i didn’t expect the incredible effort of expending social energy towards people literally all day every day. from when i wake up to when i go to bed, i have people coming in rl or sl, knocking on the door or sending me an IM. It is actually tiring now, maintaining one or more conversations, all the time. We’ve had lots of interesting visitors in the last few days because of the Cinegrid conference, but it hard being on public display for so long. As someone said the other day, it can feel like the “Dog and Dragon Show” (as opposed to pony).

Today at 7pm I had some friends here, and I asked someone to leave the physical space because public hours were over. He proceeded to stay for about 5 minutes more and it really bugged me. Obviously, I’m tired and grumpy.

But it was wonderful to see mary and nikki. I was sooo happy that they stopped by.

Last night, as I said in my earlier post, were again, amazingly fun. I went to some of the places on Koinup’s list of top 10 places of the week. First we walked around a winter wonderland of reZone, which is a very nice build. The music, the water and all of it are very soothing, which is what I need right about now.

After that, Calder invited my to MyBase, the new Air Force base in Second Life. At first, I was so disgusted to see more United States jingoist propaganda crap reproduced in second life, with the music and all, but then I quickly realized what fun we could have there!

We burned the flag, we setup our own Air Force posters that said “Join the Air Force: Travel the world, meet exitoc people and kill them”, we set off rockets (much better than the rockets there help up by sticks), we had a jolly time, doing just what we would want, using virtua worlds to realize our dreams. Thank you air force! LOL…

After one last dragonball Z shot into the heart of darkness, we went on our merry way. It was late by then, and tired we went with Hibiki Ochs to see the Beat Cafe and art exhibits at the University of Columbia in Chicago, which are amazing and you should check out.

Today’s panel with Brian Holmes and Rubaiyat Shatner on “Biopolitics and Second Life, The Challenge of Imagining New Worlds” went great, and is pictured above. Since Brian had a slower machine, we just used text, which turned out to be more democratic anyway, since everyone could chat together. I’ll post the chat log soon.

Now I’m just happy to relax for a bit and write this blog post. Looking forward to the home cooked soup brianna brought me this morning! Oh, and Dr. Dominguez brought Ze by today, which was also wonderful. Ze is Ricardo’s little boy, I think he is about 2 now? He liked the dragon a great deal and immediately began making up reality bending stories about it, and the magical scroll he found on the floor, and the pokemon stick he found outside, all made better by his new dragon force power.

day10-2_003

Good news came tonight in the form of an SL photomodel, Callie Cline,  who IM’ed me to say that she thinks my project is interesting and she wanted to take a picture with me. Apparently she was the first avatar to get a modeling contract for a RL company, pontiac. Interesting, but her contract is up now. Still, she makes great clothes and she told me that the dr dobbs story about my (a repost of the calit2 one) and the city beat article were headline news on the front page of secondlife.com. That’s good news. Although since we were discussing the problematics of one corporation running SL and the need for more opensim servers at our event today, its a bit ironic. I was also very happy about Frank’s Waag Society blog post, since they do such fascinating work.




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