VB26 – Performance Document

VB26 – Average

Biscuit Bay, An Li
30 April 2011
5-7pm GMT
PREVIZ: http://vaneeesa.com/2011/04/21/previz-average/
RAW IMAGES: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaneeesab/sets/72157626491886731/

The clone.
An extension of the self?
The end of humanity?
George Lucas thinks that out there somewhere there may be inter-stellar wars over them.

The clone.
A touchstone for the uniqueness, or lack thereof, of us all.
The singularity, or lack thereof, of our identity.

VB/CO has performed as clones in a number of performances:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaneeesab/sets/72157623490520039/ (VB09)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaneeesab/sets/72157623345340683/ (VB11)
http://issuu.com/vaneeesa/docs/vbco-no3 (VB17)

Other performance artworks have used aspects of the clone. In VB08 & VB10 we created “Clone Twins,” where two partners each wore the shape of one with the skin of the other. And in VB15 we created a sort of clone grid of Gracie Kendal x Kris Schumacher.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaneeesab/sets/72157623410005619/ (VB08)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaneeesab/sets/72157623736881466/ (VB10)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaneeesab/sets/72157623449644145/ (VB15)

Now in VB26 – Average we consider a new sort of hybrid Clone / Individual. Based on research by Strawberry Singh and Vaki

we obtained the “average” avatar values for 12 of the 78 female avatar axes, and 13 of the 76 male axes. Each of our cast members modified their shape to match these 12/13 values, becoming the “average height,” “average weight,” and so on… but also keeping their own parameters on the remaining 66/63 body characteristics.

The result was VB26 – Average. I created Bouguereau Birth of Venus poses for the women and Michaelangelo David poses for the men.

VB26 – Average
Aero Bigboots
Agnes Sharple
Benji Bhalti
Fiona Blaylock
Gina Broono
Heathers Miles
Jacks Wylder
Kikas Babenco
Maddie Mhia
Marky Mark Zackerly
Marmaduke Arado
Monerda Skute
Nowonder Braveheart
Pennyroyal Calamity
Pixel Reanimator
Sadie Slingshot
Trilby Minotaur
Trill Zapatero
Vaneeesa Blaylock
Zola Zsun

It’s funny, we had a lot more body hair in VB26 than we did back in VB03 or even VB14. In the photo above Jade (Jaimin Blitz) is helping me fit her “Natural Woman” pubic hair.

At the performance’s conclusion many dashed over for Trill Zapatero’s BoHo HoBo fashion show…

— VB

As a virtual public artist my work invites avatar communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

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