Monthly Archives: February 2010

technésexual


On February 20, 2010 Adzel Slade/Micha Cardenas and ecolalia Azalee/Elle Mehrmand presented technésexual – a hybrid reality performance – simultaneously at East of Odyssey and at the LACE’s (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) GUTTED event, curated by Dino Dinco. This video documents the Second Life component with sound coming from Real Life via SL’s voice interface.

About technésexual
(from http://www.transreal.org)
“In technésexual the performers commit playful erotic acts in physical and virtual space simultaneously, using devices to amplify the sound of their heartbeats for the two audiences. An electrocardiogram was used to monitor the heart rate with an Arduino/Freeduino, playing a recording of the heartbeat at the correct rate using Puredata. Temperature sensors modulate the audio based on touch. DIY biometrics are used to bridge realities with audio, finding ways of exploring the space between realities.

technésexual opens discussion on the multitude of sexualities outside of the restrictive LGBT formulation and homo/hetero categories, which are rooted in binary gender assumptions. The mixing of realities in this project can be seen as paralleling our own experiences mixing genders and sexualities, queering new media. Virtual worlds such as Second Life facilitate the development of new identities, allowing for unimagined relations and relationships. technésexual looks closely at these new relationships, how they affect our everyday lives and horizons of possibility.”
See also:
http://www.transreal.org
http://bang.calit2.net/elle

The Death of an Avatar

On Valentines Day, 2010, the avatar known as Wirxli Flimflam publicly took his own avatar life over his unrequited love for the artist known as SaveMe Oh. This machinima documents the sad event. To find out more see Wirlxi Flimflam’s Memorial Blog:
http://www.wirxliflimflam.blogspot.com
And SaveMe Oh’s Blog:
http://www.savemeoh.wordpress.com

SaveMe Oh’s 3rd RezDay

Saveme Oh invited everyone to her Third RezDay Party. We arrived to find her lying in a glass box – a la Snow WhiteAttendees were confused.

We tried various methods to revive her. The Bride of Frankenstein (Fau Ferdinand) invoked special powers, trying to bring SaveMe around.
Jesus showed up and attempted a miracle.


But he gave up after awhile.
We partied, we cried, we had a moment of silence.
We tried probing her.
The Bride of Frankenstein danced above.

Man Michinaga tried barfing on her while punching her via the offered poseball.
Finally SaveMe’s father Cupido Oh showed up. He was not happy. He told SaveMe to stop her nonsense.
She didn’t respond.
He tried to beat some sense into her.
But that didn’t work either.
Finally Cupido Oh told SaveMe Oh that if she didn’t stop right now he would cut off her Second Life. He counted to ten and SaveMe logged off.
Cupido said that he used to be retired but now spends all of his time looking after his crazy daughter SaveMe. Then Cupido told the rest of us the get a life and wandered off muttering to himself. Very sad.

Micha Cardenas, Elle Mehrmand on Ody

Azdel Slade/Micha Cardenas and echolalia Azalee/Elle Mehrmand will be performing live on February 20th, in a mixed reality event – simultaneously at East of Odyssey and at the LACE’s (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) GUTTED event, curated by Dino Dinco. Performance will start at 10 PM SLT, East of Odyssey. See also:

technesexual flickr images

Brain Storm


On Sunday February 7th, 2010 the first “Brain Storm” session was held on Odyssey. This gathering was called by Artistic Director Fau Ferdinand to discuss performance-based programming ideas for the Odyssey simulator. The meeting was well attended with about twenty five avatars making an appearance. To read details of the meeting please join us on the Ning Network

Stay tuned for posts about our new Performance Art Festival, coming soon.

Global Gaming Singalong

Media Artist Joseph DeLappe presented the first ever internet-wide global gaming voicechat singalong on Tuesday January 26th 2010 live on Odyssey Island. The “gg hootenanny!” – a day long festival featuring songs of freedom and protest – was presented in celebration of the release of his avatar, MGandhi Chakrabarti, from a nine-month imprisonment/durational reenactment on Odyssey in Second Life. Avatars from many online communities joined in to sing, dance and party with Gandhi, his all star band and guests. The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse made a special appearance.

Pictured below: the Pope, Prince Charles and Wonder Woman rock out on “Kill the Poor” by the Dead Kennedys. All photos by Bibbe Oh.

Watch some video documentation of avatars joyously singing the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” during the hootenanny – see more on the gg hootenanny blog

The gg hootenanny event was the completion of a nine-month durational performance on Odyssey by Joseph DeLappe. The final day began with MGandhi’s early morning jail breakout by the Second Front. Using jackhammers, drilling devices, explosives and other machinery the Second Front collapsed the walls of the prison cell. Once Gandhi was released the partying began and lasted throughout the day. There were special appearances by many famous avatars. After visiting with scores of well wishers and performing at three multiple reality singalong sessions the MGandhi Chakrabarti avatar ascended from Second Life forever.

For more information please see:

The Mattes on Odyssey

Odyssey was very proud to begin 2010 by hosting four days of performance by Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.org.

Photo of Eva and Franco Mattes, their avatars behind them. Photo by Marco Anelli.
The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow“, curated by Marina Abramovic, took place from January 21th to 24th. The event happened simultaneously on Odyssey East in Second Life and live at the Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth UK. Here are two images of the Mattes from the Plymouth Arts Centre, photos by Marco Anelli:


Here is a brief video piece from the performances – ‘I know that it’s all a state of mind’ – taken from Franco Mattes’ YouTube Channel. Featuring Eva Mattes/Pai Twang and Franco Mattes/Pei Mai with the artist SaveMe Oh and Odyssey Artistic Director Fau Ferdinand taking part.

See also: Mattes at Plymouth Arts Center