May 10, 2007
Brad Kligerman

In conjunction with Ars Virtua
When: 10 May, 2007, Noon SLT
3pm EDT - 9pm CET
Where: Ars Virtua Main Gallery.

Brad Kligerman will present a program of short videos that illustrate his current exhibit at Ars Virtua and his residency.

"SL is unique, even as far a synthetic worlds are concerned, due to the fact that all of the its material artifacts are invented, fabricated and owned by its citizens. The world's creators provide the material context (the physical rules and the tools with which to manipulate them) and the social-spatial fabric emerges from a multiplicity of intentions and interests that migrate with its inhabitants. Observation reveals that most of this content, the buildings, clothes, weapons... are replicas of similarly functioning objects from the real world. In the case of objects representing the inhabited environment, this reveals a strange inconsistency in that the SL objects do not function at all like their RL counterparts. This begs the question for the invention of spaces & forms, buildings & agglomerations, programs & structures that are emerging from real SL usages, and not just a symbol of an intention." -- Kligerman

Kligerman will talk about how his interaction and experiments during his residency effected his final work in the gallery. He will show how his work represents the depth and breadth of his experience during the 11 week period. His video presentation will examine his view of the different sources of "creation" in Second Life and his push toward fully "native" experiences.

"Avatars "Engage" in this process which projects them from image to project site in a transformative process expressing the inherent condition of immaterial space. It is a function of frames per second, flickering forever between Image+Space: 2-D+3-D, concept+fabrication, machine+architecture, actual+virtual..." -- Kligerman

AVAIR is an extended performance whose purpose is to investigate the nature of art making in the 3D synthetic environment of Second Life. It is an examination of policy and institution, as well as a reflection on place and art. Artists are given a stipend and technical support. Their methodologies are documented here.

“AVAIR” is a 2006-2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Ars Virtua is a new media center and gallery located in the synthetic world of Second Life. It is a new type of space that leverages the tension between 3-D rendered game space and terrestrial reality, between simulated and simulation. Ars Virtua is sponsored by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media.

Upgrade! Second Life or UpgradeSL is a bi-monthly meeting of artists and interested parties held in Second Life. UpgradeSL is currently sponsored by BitFactory and Ars Virtua Gallery and New Media Center.


A bi-monthly gathering of new media artists and curators in Second Life
Affiliated with Upgrade! International