Category Archives: performance

Avatar Salad

The Second Front are working on Exhibit A this week preparing a new performance/machinima for the University of Wichita’s upcoming “At A Distance” exhibition. Stay tuned for more news and documentation from “Virtual Proposition for Alison Knowles #1 – Make an Avatar Salad”, based on an Alison Knowles event score/performance called “Proposition #2 – Make A Salad”

The piece features Bibbe Hansen, Liz Solo, Patrick Lichty and Phreek Fargis.

Avatar Salad – Image by Liz Solo

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Senses Places at Odyssey/Open Sim Conference

sensesplacesopensim_030Odyssey is proud to provide a home to Senses Places – a dance based mixed reality project by Isabel Valverde and collaborators. The project runs a mixed reality participatory environment on the Odyssey Simulator in Second Life and this week presented performances and demonstrations at the 2016 Open Sim Community Conference.

Here are some images from one of the performances at the conference.Dancers and other participants in RL (real life) link to their avatars via a webcam interface. The webcam picks up mocap points on the dancer’s body and translates the movement (via the internet) to the dancer’s avatar in world.

ABOUT SENSES PLACES from sensesplaces.org

Senses Places is a dance-technology collaborative project creating a playful mixed reality performance environment for audience participation. Generating whole body multimodal interfacings keen to a somatic cross-cultural approach, the project stresses an integration of simultaneous local and remote connections, where participants and environments meet towards a kinesthetic/synesthetic engagement.

Tuning the audience participants into several whole body modes of physical-virtual body-body and body-environment interactions, within a physical and virtual environment (Second Life©), Senses Places re-purposes recent Web 2.0 enabled game devices with a synergetic/semantic approach to interface design. The interfaces include, video and avatar mediations via Webcam, Wiimote©, and Kinect©, plus a biometric device.

Through an inclusive process engaging kinesthetic empathy, Senses Places deepens contemporary dance practices, such as, Contact Improvisation and Butoh, interweaving Eastern-Western somatic based practices, like, Tai Chi, Yôga, Body-Mind Centering, Release, and Alexander Techniques. The improvisation evolves in a sharing of corporealized places, times, and energies, encouraging a fuller experience of the moment.

Emerging embodiments, realities, and cultures are generated by the multi-participant playful involvement as the participants follow, act upon, and respond to each others’ physical bodies, video mediations, avatar moves, and/or environmental changes. Climate related body-environment activity is affected through wireless communication, linking biometric inputs and environmental device actuators, such as, temperature-light/color, breathing-smoke/wind modulations.

Senses Places wishes to contribute to enlarge the range and interconnectedness of sensory-perceptions within the already complex practice of group improvisation, proposing a constructive and transformative means of inter-subjective and collective socialization, reversing the dead end substitution, gender and movement cultural stereotypification, and instrumentalization of bodies by avatars in social networks, such as Second Life.

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Al Hansen’s “Car Bibbe”

Today Bibbe Hansen restaged the Al Hansen happening “Car Bibbe” at Howl Arts in New York City. To mark the event we have released a machinima of The Second Front performance of “Car Bibbe” that took place on Odyssey earlier this year. The performance stars The Second Front (Patrick Lichty, Bibbe Hansen, Scott Killdal, Liz Solo, Doug Jarvis, Yael Gilks) with special guests Feels Empty, Channing Oh, Michael Green and Phreek Fargis and was directed by Bibbe Hansen. Machinima by Liz Solo.

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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.

http://www.vectorfestival.org/avatar-orchestra-metaverse-special-matinee-performance/

photo of the Avatar Orchestra Metaverse by Frieda Korda

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Leave Nothing Untouched

odylogofinalLeave Nothing Untouched: A Wrong Biennial Pavilion Reception
Curated by Patrick Lichty

Featuring: Second Front and Virtual Fluxus @ Odyssey Art and Performance Simulator With Participants in San Francisco CA, Victoria BC, Hudson NY, St. John’s Newfoundland, London UK, and Sharjah UAE.
Friday, January 15, 2016 – 9 AM SLT/PST – onwards – Exhibit A Gallery, Odyssey Simulator in Second Life

As part of David Quiles Guilló’s Wrong Biennial, the Odyssey Art and Performance Simulator pavilion in Second Life, entitled Leave Nothing Untouched, will hold a reception/performance supporting its exhibition.

Second Front will present inaugural performances of their new work, “The Abramovic Trilogy” – Picasso’s Baby; The Avatar is Present, and The Second Font Method.
Other works on display at Exhibit A will include Al Hansen’s Alice Denham in 48 Seconds or Less by Bibbe Hansen/Virtual Fluxus; Burning Gnome by Patrick Lichty/Second Front and and installation of the machinima Red Dog for Freddie Herko by Second Front.

Beverages will be served.

SLURL:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Odyssey/39/35/24

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About the Artist
Second Front is the pioneering performance art group in the online avatar-based VR world, Second Life. Founded in 2006, Second Front includes Doug Jarvis (Victoria), Patrick Lichty (Chicago), Liz Solo (St. Johns), Bibbe Hansen (USA), Yael Gilks (UK) and Scott Kildall (San Francisco). Taking their influences from numerous sources, including Dada, Fluxus, Futurist Syntesi, the Situationist International. 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, and has been featured in publications including SLate, Eikon, Realtime Arts (Australia), The Avastar (published by Axel-Springer, Germany) and most recently in Exibart (Italy).

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Odyssey at Hi-Dance Festival with Senses Places

sensesplacespicOdyssey had the pleasure of hosting another event with Senses Places – Isabel Valverde and Senses Places at Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology, Rome, Italy. Isabel performed live on stage with Odyssey artists/avatars. Avatars performed via large scale projections. Others, including Liz Solo and Mike Kean of The Black Bag Media Collective also participated via live web stream.

Here is some documentation of the event from the BBMC Studio perspective with live streamed footage of the performance by Francesca Fini.

Isabel Valverde and Senses Places – Mixed Reality Performance and Participatory Environment
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Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology – Rome, Italy, February 17, 2015
also at The Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St John’s Newfoundland
and The Odyssey Simulator
with Isabel Valverde, SaveMe Oh, Liz Solo,  Mike Kean, Francesca Fini,
Rita Paz/Zapa7ir, Isa Seppi/Janjii Rugani, Kikas Babenco, Todd Cochrane and others
See:
http://www.sensesplaces.wordpress.com
http://www.odysseysimulator.com
http://www.theblackbags.com
http://www.hi-dance.com

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Red Dog For Freddie Herko

On October 27th a week-long program began in New York city  to celebrate the life of American dancer Fred Herko.

Here is a machinima from the 50th Anniversary performance of Al Hansen‘s “Red Dog For Freddie Herko” – produced by Virtual Fluxus, created by and starring Second Front with associate Phreek Fargis.

Second Front is Bibbe Hansen/Bibbe Oh, Liz Solo/lizsolo Mathilde, Yael Gilks/Fau Ferdinanad, Patrick Lichty/Man Michiniga, Doug Jarvis/Tran Spire, and Scot Kildall/Great Escape.

The machinima, produced by Liz Solo, premiered on October 27, 2014.

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Erik Rzepka at the Odyssey Festival

Fau Ferdinand at Xisithra Lomu's installtion/performanceDocumentation from Erik Rzepka/Xisuthra Lomu’s installation and performance at the 2012 Odyssey Festival. Avatars wear objects created by the artist and become a part of a living installation.

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Second Front Ends the World

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Second Front go over the Fiscal Cliff for the 2012 Odyssey Festival. Live on Odyssey and at Open Space, Victoria Canada as part of the End of the World Karaoke Party and at the Black Bag Media Collective Studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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OUT OF BREATH / OUT OF TIME

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Stelarc performed a new piece as part of this years 2012 Odyssey Festival with production assistance by Jo Ellsmere and Pyewacket Kanzyanenko. Here are some images documenting OUT OF BREATH / OUT OF TIME:

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