by Adam Nash (SL: Adam Ramona), Christopher Dodds (SL: Christo Kayo) and Justin Clemens (SL: Jack Shoreland)
Autoscopia, 2009 questions just how much of our identity is contained in the data surrounding us on the Internet.
On Thursday, members of the Impossible IRL group were invited to preview the doppelgänger exhibition sponsored and curated by the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Australia and the Portrait Island in Second Life. Autoscopia, 2009 is just one of several works participating in the exhibition which opens today at 3pm SLT.
From the artists’ statement:
“Autoscopia is a psychological condition in which a person believes that they see their own body as another in the world: an ‘out of body’ experience. The artwork examines the derangement of identities through the projection of our personalities into digital environments and questions just how much of our identity is contained in the data surrounding us on the Internet. Upon encountering Autoscopia on Portrait Island, the viewer is invited to enter a name into the artwork’s engine which then performs a deep internet search of images, texts, sound and video. The resulting data is then combined to create an audiovisual 3D abstract portrait of each name composed of 27 ‘limbs’. Each limb is fed data from websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter etc, with colours, geometry and audio affected by variations in search volume. Data is then re-published via discrete web pages automatically composed through snippets of text and images collected during the search. Each portrait also ‘Tweets’ its existence, with both the web pages and Tweets looping back into future portraits.”
When you type your name to the sculpture, pages and pages of chat fly by as the object searches for data related to the entered name. Nickola has enough of a web presence for the sculpture to work and as these pages of chat describing that internet presence flew past on the screen, I felt violated somehow, as if someone was pawing through my lingerie drawer or reading my diary.
Nickola Martynov's web presence as interpreted by Autoscopia 2009
Four Vintage Circus Posters
This set of vintage circus posters are free to copy at our Burning Life Camp: How to Catch a Monkey or you can pick them up for a $1L on XStreetSL.
Yes! Burning Life is open to everyone as of 3pm SLT today. The first rush on the gates caused enormous lag throughout the region. Some fared better than others.
In our case, the “dance school” next door had 30 avatars dancing in the camp within minutes of the gates opening. Our build didn’t have a chance. It worked slowly a couple of times and then it broke down.
However, Micheil is confident it will be all right after this initial rush is over.
Be sure to stop by and visit…tomorrow maybe.
Our circus themed camp by night just before the gates opened on Burning Life 2009
With the most sincere of apologies to Rube Goldberg and his descendants in perpetuity…
Welcome to Nickola and Micheil’s monkey catching machine based on the cartoon machines of Rube Goldberg.
How the machine works. Click the photo to see it full-size on Flickr, if necessary
- Monkey escapes from cage
- Runs to minature hot air balloon.
- Escaping balloon knocks the ball off its perch
- Ball rolls along the tightwire.
- Ball falls off the end and knocks the clown car into gear.
- The car smashes into a pile of circus items, scaring the sleeping cat.
- The scared cat leaps into the sleeping caravan
- Pushes the circus worker out the back and into the cistern.
- A duck nesting in the cistern rushes to the pond to escape. The dolphin hears the quacking and thinks it’s showtime so it leaps up to catch the ring suspended over the pool.
- The rope holding the ring breaks and engages the switch that starts the motor that brings the net down over the monkey.
Visit us at Burning Life – Quinn
What is this pile of circus junk doing here?
It’s getting very close!
Burning Life opens on Saturday and we have to be done by Thursday sometime. That’s only two days away and we’re not done yet! Yes, I’m panicking…
Thank goodness Micheil is so calm.
At least he appears to be calm.
Micheil is working on the grand finale while I’m still struggling with getting the critters trained to perform properly.
Running a circus isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
A sneak peek at Micheil's motor that powers the Grand Finale!