Avatar Salad on Odyssey

The Second Front were busy on the Odyssey Simulators this week preparing a new piece for the University of Wichita’s At A Distance Exhibit, coming up next month.

Here are a few shots from “Virtual Proposition for Alison Knowles #1 – Make an Avatar Salad”, based on an Alison Knowles event score/performance called “Proposition #2 – Make A Salad”, with Liz Solo, Bibbe Hansen, Patrick Lichty and Phreek Fargis.

Second Front Video Release

Pokémon-A-Go-Go – by Second Front


We are happy to release the latest video from Second Front. The machinima was shot on our simulators at Odyssey and then edited at the Black Bag Media Collective studio. Congratulations to Second Front on another fine production.

About Pokémon-A-Go-Go

What happens when the Pokémon turn?

Years of torment and domination have led to an uprising. While humans have been busy playing — Pokémon have been busy training! Awake! It is a new dawn for Pokémon! Downtrodden and abused creatures of the World — UNITE!

I AM POKEMON!

Pikachu – Liz Solo, Purrloin – Bibbe Hansen, Mew – Patrick Lichty,  Umbreon – Yunji Kim Yohanning
With: Phreek Fargis, Yael Gilks, Zesstar Zaymed, Hybrid Fusion, Ruri Rio Mihashi and SaveMe Oh.
Special appearances by: Razzbowski and PewDiePie/Beast Master 64

Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative.

Machinima shot and edited by Liz Solo

Pokemon A-Go-Go

lizpatSecond Front have been busy this month on Odyssey preparing for an upcoming world premiere performance of Pokemon A-Go-Go.

What happens when the Pokemon revolt? Come to the performance and find out! Stay tuned here for details of dates and times.

About the Artists

Second Front is the pioneering performance art group in based in online avatar-based VR worlds. Founded in 2006, Second Front includes Doug Jarvis (Victoria), Patrick Lichty (Chicago), Liz Solo (St. Johns), Bibbe Hansen (New York), Yael Gilks (London) and Scott Kildall (San Francisco). Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative. They have already performed extensively, including in Vancouver, Chicago, New York, and been featured in publications including SLate, Eikon, Realtime Arts (Australia), The Avastar (published by Axel-Springer, Germany) and most recently in Exibart (Italy).

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Call for Installations for Craft World

Call for Installations and Performances

odylogofinalOur online collective at the Odyssey Simulators has opened a new sim in Craft World and we are looking for installations to present in the Fall of 2016 and throughout 2017. These installations will run for four month periods at Odyssey on Craft.

We are seeking work related to themes involving The Future, Dystopian Visions of Society, Cyberpunk Culture, Surveillance Culture, Steampunk Culture and/or Transhumanism. We are offering 10,000 prims (negotiable) on a quarter sim space at Odyssey on Craft. Projects containing a performance element are welcomed.

Proposals can be sent to odysseyartssl@yahoo.ca with CRAFT INSTALLATION as the subject heading. Proposals can be simple and need only include an artists biography or CV and a brief description of the installation you would like to create. Feel free to include any other information such as special technical requirements or relevant links.

DEADLINE: September 01, 2016

For instructions on finding Odyssey on Craft World or any other inquiries please contact us at: odysseyartssl@yahoo.ca

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“the machine” Premieres!

fromTheMachinephotoJustinHallAfter a lengthy wait “the machine” – a film shot and edited at the Black Bag Media Collective studio in St. John’s – premiered last week at the 2nd annual TrixXxieFest. There was a lovely crowd in attendance including many members of the cast and crew. The film opened this year’s TrixXxieFest and was followed by a reception. Before the film is made available online it will enjoy a little trip around the world via the film festival circuit – stay tuned to theblackbags.com for news of upcoming screenings.

Set in a dystopian future St. John’s “the machine” is a ‘cyberpunk fairytale’  starring Melanie Caines and Liz Solo. “the machine” mixes up HD animation with machinima – shot on our group of online grids known as The Odyssey Simulators.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Photo on the left and at the very bottom by Justin Hall. Photos from the screening by Rick Tizzard.

machinestillclownalley5Melanie Caines as The Clown.

BBMC at Hi-Dance with Odyssey and Senses Places

sensesplacespicfrom The Odyssey Simulator

Odyssey and the BBMC had the pleasure of hosting another event with Senses Places – Isabel Valverde and Senses Places at Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology, Rome, Italy. Isabel performed live on stage with Odyssey artists/avatars. Avatars performed via large scale projections. Liz Solo and Mike Kean of The Black Bag Media Collective also participated via live web stream and webcam motion capture interface – Liz and Mike improvised with the collective and Mike premiered “Blued Mood”, a solo piece for bassist and avatars.

Here is some documentation of the event from the BBMC Studio perspective with live streamed footage of part of the performance by Francesca Fini.

Isabel Valverde and Senses Places – Mixed Reality Performance and Participatory Environment
at
Hi-Dance Festival – Dance and Technology – Rome, Italy, February 17, 2015
also at The Black Bag Media Collective Studio, St John’s Newfoundland
and The Odyssey Simulator
with Isabel Valverde, SaveMe Oh, Liz Solo, Francesca Fini, Mike Kean
Rita Paz/Zapa7ir, Isa Seppi/Janjii Rugani, Kikas Babenco, Todd Cochrane and others
See:
http://www.sensesplaces.wordpress.com
http://www.odysseysimulator.com
http://www.theblackbags.com
http://www.hi-dance.com

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Red Dog for Freddie Herko

The following video is from a 50th anniversary performance of Al Hansen‘s “Red Dog for Freddie Herko”, performed by the Second Front on the Odyssey Simulator on October 25, 2014.

The original performance was created for dancer Fred Herko by the American artist Al Hansen (father of artist, Second Front member and BBMC alumni Bibbe Hansen). This  video, a re-iteration of All Hansen’s original, was released on the fiftieth anniversary of Fred Herko’s death.

Here is a link to an article about Fred Herko, published this month in the Guardian: The life and dramatic death of an avant-garde hero