[iDC] Anyone using SL

Simon Biggs s.biggs at eca.ac.uk
Wed Jan 6 18:02:13 UTC 2010

Gazira Babeli¹s show at DAM in Berlin was a riot (literally). All those

There is a lot of such good work going on in SL. In my report, mentioned
earlier, I could only mention a few examples. Alan¹s work is treated in some
detail, as is Cao Fei¹s. The latter¹s work, at first sight, seems rather
inconsequential. But to fully experience it you need to do an archaeological
dig, in SL, going down through the levels to reach the nether-regions of her
world. It takes time but is highly rewarding. Not unusual for good art

Alan¹s goes the other way ­ you need to learn to fly to get the most out of



Simon Biggs

Research Professor
edinburgh college of art
s.biggs at eca.ac.uk

Creative Interdisciplinary Research into CoLlaborative Environments
CIRCLE research group

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From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 11:23:13 -0500 (EST)
To: Stephanie Rothenberg <info at pan-o-matic.com>
Cc: idc <idc at mailman.thing.net>
Subject: Re: [iDC] Anyone using SL

Just to chime in here - I've worked in SL for several years now; this has
included an installation in the artists space Odyssey. You can find out
more about Odyssey at http://odysseyart.ning.com/ which is a fairly active
site. I've written extensively on virtuality - this was gathered by a
small theory-oriented press - The Accidental Artist: Fort/Da -
http://stores.lulu.com/publicdomaininc . SL provides an incredibly supple
environment for art-making (including choreography, installation, perform-
ance, etc.). There are two main cultural uses that should be mentioned
here - sex, which is rampant (and the programming is highly-creative; I've
never understood why it's not considered an artform), and 'standard' two-
and three-dimensional artworks which are in a great number of galleries
all over SL. I'm surprised that Gazira Babeli's work hasn't been mentioned
- s/he's one of the most astute artists I've seen in any world, creating
performances/objects/installations that do things with great 'somatic' and
theoretical import.

- Alan

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