Olga Wunderlich has a gallery in Second Life, Fleur de Lys, and she interviews people involved with art, and art-related politics in Second Life. This blog has been created to share art and culture in Second Life. Upcoming shows and small reports of seen Art in SL will be posted here.

SL art at Directors Lounge Berlin - 10 Febr., 2008

SL art at Directors Lounge Berlin, curated by Olga Wunderlich:

Directors Lounge on Second Life
Second Life art at Directors Lounge


On two nights during Directors Lounge, the media art festival during Berlinale, we will present art from Second Life in Berlin, live at the venue in Friedrichstra├če. The events will be inworld events which will be show live in the cinema in Berlin.

• SL one • Live from Second Life Sunday 10th at 11pm CET (Sonntag, 10.2. 23 Uhr)- which translates into 2pm SL time.
Performance and Installation Art live from Second Life

Featuring a performance of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse AOM, we will visit three Second Life locations. Followed by a visit of the sparring philosphers, "ZKM Circle" (Karlsruher Kreis) at ZKM island. Introduced by Herwig Hoffmann. And finally a performance of Second Front.
Curated and guided by Olga Wunderlich



We will first meet with AOM on an oil platform on a sim, which is all under water, and which belongs the Linden Lab itself. AOM will play two compositions and then we will be teleported to art.think.box the performance space of Pomodoro Bolzano, And after that, we will visit ZKM island, where AOM will play their last piece in and around an artificial mountain surrounded by a lake, thus having the audience fly around in order to listen to the music.

Avatar Orchestra Metaverse is an orchestral formation in the virtual online environment Second Life, exploring its interactive possibilities. With new networked mediaformats like Second Life composer and performer of experimental music get new possibilities of creating works that contain open, interactive and possibly infinite elements, set into perspective conventional practices of creating and performing music and provide ideas on how to challenge the traditional division of functions as composer, performer and listener.

Like orchestra players of contemporary music, the AOM performers play compositions of different composers (mostly AOM members). The playing musicians use different instruments and follow strict or loose guidelines, sometimes given by a conductor, and sometimes more open to the creative use of the individual musicians. The instruments, which are scripted objects the performers wear, are actually played live in Second Live, thus allowing the performing artists from different countries and continents to play together music that is generated in Second Life. As the players move around space and the audience, different audience members hear or receive different impressions of the played piece, dependent (like in Real Life) on how close they are and how they move between the musicians.

From there, we will walk over to the installation "ZKM" Circle (Karlsruher Kreis), where all audience members are free to interact with the philosophers and compete with the professors of Karlsruhe on who will have the most witty slogans.

ZKM Island, the representation of Zentrum f├╝r Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsuhe has been build by the »The SLatelliterates«

»The SLatelliterates« are a group of artists, datatects, students and individuals who have collaborated to create a participatory media art installation in the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe exhibition »YOU_ser : The Century of the Consumer« curated by Peter Weibel opening 20th October 2007 in ZKM Media Museum and running two years. Their installation interweaves actual and virtual space with two works in one: »YOUniverse Moblog Movies« and »ZKM Island in Second Life«.

"Conversation", the installation on ZKM Island we will visit includes the avatars of BeatWyss, PeterSloterdijk, PeterWeibel and Boris Groys who engage in a discussion about art and philosophy. The visitors are able to participate in the discussion, which has the mis-en-scene of a competition of poets, or of a sparring of boxers, depending how we look at it. The actually happening conversation on "chat" is being recorded and transmitted onto the frontside and blog at http://youniverse.zkm.de.

The Second Front members will join us and bring us to another location where they will perform the Walking Walls - a kind of futurist museum.

Second Front claims to be the pioneering performance art group in the online avatar-based VR world, Second Life. Founded in 2006, Second Front quickly grew to its current 8 member troupe that includes Jeremy Owen Turner (Vancouver), Doug Jarvis (Victoria), Tanya Skuce (Vancouver), Gazira Babeli (Italy), Penny Leong Browne (Vancouver), Patrick Lichty (Chicago), Liz Solo (St. Johns) and Scott Kildall (San Francisco). Taking their influences from numerous sources, including Dada, Fluxus, Futurist Syntesi, the Situationist International and contemporary performance artists like Laurie Anderson and Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative. Created in 2006, they have already performed extensively, including in Vancouver, Chicago, New York.

The artists collaborate on divers projects lead by different members of the group. Second Front challenges the technical possibilities (scripting and building) and the social and political aspects of life in Second Life. With their performances, they question the unwritten rules of realistic simulations and the limits of community "standards" which often mirror corporate life of Real Life, and thus asking for a creative, suprising and innovative exploration of a virtual world, the possibilities of which still need to be further developed.

LINKS:

AOM performance starts at:
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ANWR/102/168/40
oil platform on Linden Land

AOM
http://www.avatarorchestra.org/
http://du-store-verden.no/artister/artist.php?2007112722382294975

art.think.box - Pomodoro Bolzano
http://www.pbspace.de/

ZKM-Island
http://youniverse.zkm.de/node/31
SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ZKM/128/128/22
Karlsruher Zirkel:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/ZKM/218/227/23

Second Front
http://slfront.blogspot.com

Olga Wunderlich's interviews with artists:
http://olgawunderlich.blogspot.com
Olga Wunderlich's public events:
http://olgawunderlich99.blogspot.com

Festival in Berlin:
http://www.directorslounge.net

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