by Adam Nash (SL: Adam Ramona), Christopher Dodds (SL: Christo Kayo) and Justin Clemens (SL: Jack Shoreland)
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.