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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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.

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Summer of Love 2.1

summer of love 2.1_023The Second Front performed on Odyssey last weekend and were projected live into Turner Hall at Milwalkee’s Pabst Theatre as part of the event Present Music – Life Love and Death – a showcase of life, love, and death-inspired art installations. Second Front presented a new iteration of their Summer of Love 2.0 installation – Summer of Love 2.1.

This lovely set of images from the performance was taken by Fau Ferdinand/Yael Gilks. Bibbe Oh/Bibbe Hansen, Patrick Lichty/Man Michinaga, Liz Solo, Fau Ferdinand/Yael Gilks and Phreek Fargis are pictured here.

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Senses Places moves in

*sensesplacesff1Senses Places has taken up residence on the Odyssey Simulator with a new sky platform for rehearsals and performances.

Senses Places uses a live webcam interface to read movements of participants IRL. The interface then translates these movements to the participant’s avatar in virtual space. Another layer is added as RL dancers in remote locations interact with large-scale projections of these dancing avatars.

At one of Senses Places’ most recent events on Odyssey dancers in Portugal improvised against live projections of Second Life avatars (whose movement are being triggered by the webcam interfaces of Liz Solo and Isabel Valverde)

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Fluxus Piano Piece

On November 23, 2013 Patrick Lichty and Bibbe Hansen met on Odyssey and opened the Fluxus Performance Workbook. They chose to perform George Brecht’s Piano Piece (1962)

Piano Piece
a vase of flowers on (to) a piano
1962

by Patrick Lichty (b. 1962) and Bibbe Hansen (for Second Front)

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Virtual Arts Class

This past month on Odyssey Patrick Lichty of Peck  School of the Arts has been instructing students using the Odyssey Simulator as an extension of the classroom. Students have been experimenting with different online platforms as places of creation, including explorations in Second Life and Minecraft. The students have also been experimenting with 3D Printing:

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Derek Delloro’s Mac Classic, modeled on Minecraft and exported through MineWays. Printed on Makerbot Replicator 2.

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Leah Mongomery’s Avatar Environment, with her Egyptian Goddess of Bees, Odyssey.

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Maddie’s Embodied Avatar Environment, epitomizing Classical Drawing, Odyssey

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Derek Delloro’s Glitch Avatar Environment, Odyssey.

To see more images from students of this class visit this Pinterest Link

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The Black Bags at Club Morpheus

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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 thescope.ca

Here’s the SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA11/104/85/21

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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Art’s Birthday 2013

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There was a long celebration of Art’s Birthday on Odyssey this year.

Here is a little documentation from our marathon party – presented by Pomodoro Bolzano*art. one million fifty* was a celebration + simulation for art lovers. Build by Frieda Korga. The party happened simultaneously on Odyssey in Second Life and at La Linea, Regensburg/Germany on January 17, 2013 – Art’s 150th Birthday.

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