Lichty & Babeli’s “7UP” at BGSU 100×100 Alumni show

As part of Bowling Green State University’s  centennial exhibition of alumni work from the School of Art, “100×100”, an excerpt of Lichty and Milan-based Avatar Artist Gazira Babeli’s collaboration of video works called “7UP” will be on dislplay.  the piece will consist of 9 channels of videos dealing with what avatars do when their users are not online, along with two etched portraits of the artists.  As Italian curator Domenico Quaranta writes:.

7UP is a series of 12 micro-performances set in the virtual world of Second Life and captured on video. In actual fact, as often happens in performance art, the video is freed from its subordinate role of mere “documentation” and becomes the real object of the artists’ observations. This sits perfectly with the nature of performance art in virtual worlds, which are perceived by those who operate in them as settings for real action, and by those who merely passively observe them as a flow of moving images on a screen. The minimal nature of the action, combined with the repetition generated by the loop, makes these works into little animated paintings. It is no coincidence that the artists explicitly refer to Renaissance portals decorated with panels that tell a story. The story told by 7UP is that of two projected identities (avatars) that seem to have acquired independence: the absurd, boring and slightly vacuous life of two demigods who, when their wirepullers are away, get together to try and find a way – an entirely inhuman (or rather superhuman) way – of passing the time. They sit immobile in a cell, under a clock that measures time standing still, or retreat to a tiny desert island, where they go endlessly round the same palm tree. Or they become statues in a crypt full of Mickey Mouse skulls, or live out the American dream of life on the road, until they run up against the papier-mâché and polygon scenery… (Domenico Quaranta)

~ by patlichty on September 21, 2010.

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