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“the wide sky” open on Odyssey

Liz Solo’s new installation opened this weekend on Odyssey. Her new website with a machinima series and “memory archive” launched today. Here is a link to the installation on Odyssey:

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Odyssey/46/82/1680

The website is live here:

www.thewidesky.ca

Here are a few images from the opening launch followed by a press release from IOTA.

Humming Pera’s journey through the exhibit (photos by Humming Pera/Tina Pearson):

 

A few randoms from the landing point and around the garden:

Betty Ai Tureaud’s journey through the installation (photos by Betty Ai Tureaud):

 

Press Release about the project from IOTA:

The wide sky – an archive – by Liz Solo

Full Website launch Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Following the successful Second Life launch of ‘the wide sky’, Liz Solo’s Archive’s Virtual Installation and Museum Exhibit currently housed on the Odyssey Simulator in Virtual Space, IOTA: DATA is pleased to launch the Archive website, home to nine new machinimas here:

http://www.thewidesky.ca

Often recognizable for its use of Second Life aesthetics, machinima takes on a video game ideology by creating an online space with a defined structure and goal for its participant, but interrupts this traditional gaming relationship through unexpected interventions that challenge the built environments’ social and political infrastructure.

In ‘the wide sky’, users may view the story in linear time or opt for the interactive timeline and be presented with a choice at the end of every video, generating alternative outcomes.

“The Wide Sky” is a story based on the fragmented memories of a scientist desperately trying to make sense of her deteriorating world. “During a recent archeological dig into the deep future, researchers discovered a damaged memory sphere embedded in the floor of an uninhabited forest planet. Though much of the sphere was corrupted some of the data was retrievable. This Archive documents the artifacts that were recovered.” To log into the virtual installation in second life please follow the instructions on this page:

https://thewidesky.ca/about-the-archive/

Liz Solo is a performance artist, media artist and a musician. She creates media and live performances that incorporate online virtual communities and MMORPGs. She is a founding member of The Black Bag Media Collective (based in St. John’s) and the Second Front (an online collective) and is a composer and performer with The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (an online orchestra). Her performances, videos and online events continue to be screened and presented around the world.

IOTA is an Invigorator of unconventional artistic and social practices, focusing on art forms based in technology, social interventions, and life science. IOTA has three distinct wings: INSTITUTE for research, INTRA for public interventions and STUDIOS for the support of its roster of artists. IOTA: DATA runs under the INSTITUTE’s research projects. http://www.IOTAinstitute.com (website under transition)

This project is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Pokemon-A-Go-Go

The Second Front have been busy on Odyssey these last weeks shooting machinima for their latest piece – Pokemon-A-Go-Go. The video has been released today and we share it with you here:

About Pokémon-A-Go-Go

What happens when the Pokémon turn?

Years of torment and domination have led to an uprising. While humans have been busy playing — Pokémon have been busy training! Awake! It is a new dawn for Pokémon! Downtrodden and abused creatures of the World — UNITE!

I AM POKEMON!

Pikachu – Liz Solo, Purrloin – Bibbe Hansen, Mew – Patrick Lichty,  Umbreon – Yunji Kim Yohanning
With: Phreek Fargis, Yael Gilks, Zesstar Zaymed, Hybrid Fusion, Ruri Rio Mihashi and SaveMe Oh.
Special appearances by: Razzbowski and PewDiePie/Beast Master 64

Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative.

Machinima shot and edited by Liz Solo

Here are a few stills from Day One of the shoot:

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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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