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the machine

At lonmachineposterlrgg last  “the machine” – a new film by Liz Solo and co-produced by The Black Bag Media Collective and Roles 4 Women with machinima shot on Odyssey – has premiered!

“the machine” combines HD video with machinima to tell a futuristic story set in a desolate Newfoundland city. This “cyberpunk fairytale” stars Melanie Caines and Liz Solo with special appearances by Lutius Elijah Whalen, Jeannie Harris. Zoe Elizabeth Howard and Fau Ferdinand (avatar of artist Yael Gilks). Gorgeous Production Design by Barry Newhook and Yael Gilks with a amazing score featuring the music of Tom Lee with other soundscore by Kevin MacLeod, Sam Hall and Liz Solo.

The piece masterfully merges the real and the virtual and draws the viewer into a future world where art has been outlawed – powerful performances and mesmerizing machinima sequences – watch for it!

The World premiere screening took place at the 2nd TrixXxieFest at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Friday June 24, 2017. Odyssey is proud to be a part of this project and we wish all involved great success as the film now heads to the festival circuit.



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AOM at Interaccess

On Sunday February 23 the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse gave a Special Matinee Performance live @ Interaccess in Toronto and simultaneously on the Odyssey Simulator. Tina Pearson (Victoria) of AOM was in attendance in Toronto to conduct the performance and give a workshop and artist talk.

photo of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse by Frieda Korda


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macGRID pioneering

macgrid_006Odyssey is currently working with five simulators on the new macGRID, a new Cyber science and Art Platform spearheaded by McMaster University. macGRID ” is a robust, archivable, Cyberscience and Art research platform (macGRID) and a corresponding network of academic, industry and community partners who wish to engage in interdisciplinary research and creation, resource and knowledge sharing, using simulation, avatar virtual worlds, and mixed reality systems.”

We are looking forward to connecting with new partners and collaborators. Stay tuned for news of our first presentations including an event at the upcoming 2014 Odyssey Performance Arts Festival.

macgrid_001Working with a blank space is very exciting!

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The Black Bags at Club Morpheus


SATURDAY JUNE 29 – Join us at Club Morpheus for the virtual release party for Odyssey members The Black Bags‘ new full length album. Vaneessa Blaylock is hosting a dance party and has invited The Black Bags to spin their new record for the first hour. Come dance with us at 8 PM SLT at Club Morpheus on LEA to a new album that has been described as “track after track of pure rock goodness”. Damian Lethbridge of

Here’s the SLURL:

The album is available for download online. All are welcome to download for free but, until July 1st, any proceeds from the sale of downloads will go to the Odyssey Simulator. Here is the link to the album:

The Black Bags on Bandcamp 

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AOM for Odyssey

POGO WITH AOM2Odyssey Art and Performance Simulator has housed a remarkable array of artists who are pushing the edges of art and identity in the virtual world Second Life.
The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse began at Odyssey in 2007, and is rehearsing there now in preparation for its July 2013 performance at the first annual Deep Listening Art and Science Conference in Troy, New York.
Odyssey is funded by the artists who use it, and is voluntarily managed currently by artist Liz Solo. AOM is excited to host this event to help raise funds for Odyssey’s continued existence, to thank Liz and previous managers (Sugar Seville, Helfe Ihnen and Fau Ferdinand) and to reflect on our shared time in Second Life together .
We invite you to immerse yourself with AOM
Friday June 14, 12 noon SLT
at Odyssey …
… where you will be greeted individually, serenaded by the ethereal tones of AOM voices and instruments and invited to join us …
… lounging, breathing, sounding, and bouncing around with flying fruit, giant chickens and other fantastic creations designed by AOM set builder Frieda Kuterna aka Frieda Korda. In exchange for donations to Odyssey, you will receive a unique AOM instrument conceived by vocalist-sound artist Viv Corringham aka Zonzo Spyker and built by AOM luthier extraordinaire Norman Lowrey aka North Zipper.
See you there!

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Instructor Doug Jarvis/Tran Spire

INstructor Doug Jarvis/Tran Spire

Here is a set of photos from the Random Acts of Art Workshop (RAAW) at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery in Victoria BC/Odyssey – Doug Jarvis/Tran Spire led a three day workshop on mixed reality for youth aged 13 to 18.

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Machinima documentation from Alan Sondheim’s “Mathesis” – with Sandy Baldwin. Performed live at the 2012 Odyssey Performance Art Festival (The End of the World Festival) at the Odyssey Simulator in Second Life and at the Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St. John’s, NL.

To see stills from the performance and to download the IM text chat element from the piece please see:

See also:


****** again, a false mathesis, false geometrics here!
, augment, pressure mathesis, eventually loose
– Anthropic principles described in terms of mathesis, physics, and the
… i was in revolt, against mathesis, against those equations excluded,
0, 0′: neitherness, not both A and B, neither A nor B (a priori mathesis).
0: neitherness, not both A and B, neither A nor B (a priori mathesis)
1. edge phenomena in literature, codework, mathesis of the text
1. edge phenomena in literature, codework, mathesis of the text
11. Eventually mathesis dominates and the use of ‘proper models’ falls by
15:26:40 The “mathesis” program – and
3. mathesis such that node1 = f(node{n not = 1}), or such that
9. The ontology of mathesis is neither real nor virtual: athematics, in
:mathesis write


Alan Sondheim/Alan Dojoji with Sandy Baldwin present “Mathesis” at the 2012 Odyssey Festival. To download a pdf of the unedited chat please click this link: mathesisdialogue

Odyssey Festival Schedule


The 2012 Odyssey Performance Art Festival
The End of the World and After Party
December 21 and 22, 2012

live on the Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator in Second Life
and at participating meat spaces:
Museum Sorgdrager, Ameland, the Netherlands
Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St. John’s, Newfoundland
Open Space, Victoria, Canada

* 10 AM SLT/2:30 PM NFLD Time/7 PM Netherlands Time
Avatar Orchestra Metaverse in concert – Live also at Museum Sorgdrager, Ameland, the Netherlands and at the Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St. John’s, Newfoundland.’
* 11 AM SLT/3:30 NFLD Time/8 PM Netherlands Time
haglet alter’s “Grass Conversations” – with Wirxli II/Jeremy Turner and Alex De Jong. Live also at Museum Sorgdrager, Ameland, the Netherlands and at the Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
* 12 noon SLT– Wafa Bourkhis – “Re-Birth”
* 1 PM SLT – Selavy Oh – “the true artist tries to save the world by slowing down time”
* 3 PM – Alan Sondheim and Sandy Baldwin – “Mathesis”
* 4 PM SLT – STELARC – OUT OF BREATH / OUT OF TIME – with assistance from Pyewacket Kanyanenko and Jo Ellsmere (11 AM Melbourne Time, December 22)
* 5:00 PM SLT/10 PM NFLD Time
Second Front – Second Front Ends the World – live also at Open Space, Victoria Canada and at the Black Bag Media Collective Studio St. John’s Newfoundland.

* 4 AM SLT/8:30 AM NFLD Time/1 PM Netherlands Time
haglet alter’s “Grass Conversations” with Wirxli II/Jacquelene Drinkall and Gijs Van Hesteren. Live also at Museum Sorgdrager, Ameland, the Netherlands and the Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
* 5 AM SLT – Jo Ellsmere and Pyewacket Kazyanenko – “minimal glitch”
* 2:00 PM SLT – Xisuthra Lomu/Erik Rzepka
* 3 PM SLT- Patrick Lichty/Man Michinaga “Dinner Theatre of Cruelty”
* 4 PM SLT/8:30 NFLD Time – Liz Solo – “Hybrid Dancer”
* 5 PM SLT – Afterparty with DJ Jce Emoto of DFM.NU
Also on site throughout the festival Jo Ellsmere’s “ANIMAanimus” installation – and
“Happy Birthday Fluxus; Happy End of the World” – Installation by Second Front – Exhibit A

Special thanks to Ze Moo.

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2012 Odyssey Performance Art Festival

The 2012 Odyssey Performance Art Festival (The End of the World Festival)
happens December 21st and 22nd live on Odyssey
with participating Meat Spaces in St. John’s Newfoundland, Victoria Canada and Ameland, the Netherlands.

December 21st – The End of the World
December 22nd – The End of the World After Party

Featuring performances from Second Front, Stelarc, Alan Sondheim, Jo Ellsmere, Kai Steamer, Haglet Alter, Selavy Oh, Patrick Lichty, Liz Solo, Wirxli II, Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, Alex De Jong, Jce Emoto/DFM and more to be announced soon. Stay tuned for announcements of the schedule.

The Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulator is devoted to performance art in virtual space and to providing resources for facilitating trans or hybrid reality performances and conversations. Odyssey island in Second Life provides studio space and resources to working performance artists and a venue for the presentation of new work. Every year Odyssey presents a festival to highlight work being done with performance art in virtual spaces.

Taking place on Odyssey in Second Life
with participating meat spaces –
Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St. John’s, Newfoundland
Museum Sorgdrager in Ameland, the Netherlands
Open Space in Victoria, Canada