Artist in Residence Progam Begins in Second Life


Our artist in residence project in Second Life has begun. Here is the blog URL

and here is the Second Life URL if you want to beam in direct

The artist for the first three months is Alan Sondheim:

Alan Sondheim is an American poet, critic, musician, artist, and theorist of cyberspace. Sondheim’s books include the anthology Being on Line: Net Subjectivity (Lusitania, 1996), Disorders of the Real (Station Hill, 1988), .echo (alt-X digital arts, 2001), Vel (Blazevox, 2004-5), Sophia (Writers Forum, 2004) and The Wayward (Salt Publishing, 2004), as well as numerous other chapbooks, ebooks, and articles. Sondheim has long been associated with the Trace online writing community, and was their second virtual-writer-in-residence. His video and filmwork have been widely shown.

Sondheim co-moderates several email lists, including Cybermind, Cyberculture and Wryting. Since 1994, he has been working on the “Internet Text,” a continuous meditation on philosophy, psychology, language, body, and virtuality. His artwork can also be found within Second Life.

Sondheim is the developer of the concept of codework, wherein computer code itself becomes a medium for artistic expression.

As of mid-2009, Sondheim is working on a book examining the phenomenology and foundations of the analog and digital, and another on developing an aesthetics of virtual realities and avatars. His current areas of exploration include: the aesthetics of virtual environments and installations; mapping techniques using motion capture and 3D laser scanners; Buddhist philosophy and its relation to avatars and online environments; and experimental choreography.

The curator for the project is the Japanese/Swedish artist Sachiko Hayashi, who has done an excellent job in bringing this project together. As the manager of the HUMlab presence in Second Life I will continue blogging on the progress and activities of our artist in residence over the coming months.

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