In “The Gracie Kendal Project” Kristine Schomaker investigates our obsession with the notion of the physical ideal through her own relation to her alternative ego Gracie Kendal, the Second Life avatar. The interaction between Gracie Kendal and Kristine Schomaker has resulted in virtual dialogues between the two, revealing the conflicts and even dependency of her dual selves, as well as the influences and impacts that one has upon the other.
“1000+Avatars” is an off-shoot project from “The Gracie Kendal Project”, however, in its own right. By documenting individual portraits of more than 1000 avatars in Second Life, the project bears testimony to the avatar constructions of our time, and witness to the unique composition of our desires in the pursuit of that construct.
Gracie Kendal/Kristine Schomaker is a new type of Second Life artist. Rather than pursuing the futuristic vision of the technological possibilities of the virtual, her projects firmly place themselves within social, historical and psychological contexts in which “[t]he avatar becomes a vehicle for personal and public reflection.”
Yoshikaze is proud to organize a presentation by Kristine Schomaker on 30 January, 2012. The presentation will be held from 4pm at HUMlab, Umeå University, via a Skype video connection with Kristine Schomaker in her location in Los Angeles.
Yoshikaze curator: Goodwind Seiling/Sachiko Hayashi. Yoshikaze is part of SL HUMlab activity.