Liberate your avatar; the revolution will be social networked

Sermon, P and Gould, CE 2009, Liberate your avatar; the revolution will be social networked , in: Digital Art & Culture 2009, 12th to 15th December 2009, University of California Irvine.

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This paper brings together the practice-based creative research of artists Charlotte Gould and Paul Sermon, culminating in a collaborative interactive installation that investigates new forms of social and political narrative in multi-user virtual environments. The authors' artistic projects deal with the ironies and stereotypes that are found within Second Life in particular. Paul Sermon’s current creative practice looks specifically at the concepts of presence and performance within Second Life and 'first life', and attempts to bridge these two spaces through mixed reality techniques and interfaces. Charlotte Gould’s Ludic Second Life Narrative radically questions the way that users embody themselves in on-line virtual environments and identifies a counter-aesthetic that challenges the conventions of digital realism and consumerism. These research activities and outcomes come together within a collaborative site-specific public installation entitled Urban Intersections for ISEA09, focusing on contested virtual spaces that mirror the social and political history of Belfast. The authors' current collaborative practice critically investigates social, cultural and creative interactions in Second Life. Through these practice-based experiments the authors' argue that an enhanced social and cultural discourse within multi-user virtual environments will inevitably lead to growth, cohesion and public empowerment, and like all social networking platforms, contribute to greater social and political change in first life.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Digital Art & Culture 2009
Publisher: University of California Irvine
Refereed: Yes
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Depositing User: Professor Paul Sermon
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2010 11:38
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:08

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