CIRCUIT LA CORSE, MEEWALH SIM, SECOND LIFE MAINLAND, 9 August — Over the course of VB/CO’s history our performance works have covered a wide range of aesthetic and ideological territory, but it’s probably fair to say that they have moved generally from more scripted to more individualistic. In VB04 – Prism, for example, we all wore the same avatar and fit in a precise style program. By contrast in VB28 – The Seniors Project, we asked ourselves only to imagine a future self, and to bring that imagining together as a group in a specific time and place. In our most recent performance VB41 – Rock the Casbah, only the Air & Land campaigns were in our previz, the missing Sea battle was improvised on the spot by Laurel Leavitt and Yordie Sands.
In parallel to the performance evolution at VB/CO has been the content evolution at the iRez Virtual Salon. Conceived 3 years ago as a documentation space for performance works, iRez has become a work in its own right, exploring Avatars and Identity in our 21st Virtual Century. Among many topics we’ve considered civil rights and human rights as they relate to avatars and pseudonymous identity. We’ve considered the Nymwars and the sometimes oppressive regimes of virtual nation-states like Facebook and Google+.
Of course a virtual nation-state like Google denying an Avatar their civil or human rights is not a violation of the same magnitude as a State or a Culture denying a physical person their rights. I am painfully aware that real people have been murdered because of their sexual orientation, raped and mutilated because of their gender, denied access to a living wage because their ethnicity, shamed because of their body image, forgotten because of their age, and ignored because of their ableness. Even though discrimination against pseudonymous identities does not rise to the same level, what I do believe is that it is, in kind, the same sort of event. It is still declaring some group “better,” and some group “less,” it is still declaring some class of people as “other.”
I can think of no better way to have a voice than to speak up, no better way to be seen than to rise up, no better way to celebrate the diversity of who-all we are and can be, than an Avatar Pride Parade.
For VB37 – Sitting is the New Smoking, we mapped out a 5k walking course through 21 regions of the Second Life Mainland, and with a Start/Finish line at Circuit La Corse. Since we already have this wonderful, exactly 5km course mapped out, I propose a 2 lap or 10k pride walk. The entire course only has a single “turn” you have to make, and this time we’ll station someone there to make sure walkers don’t go the wrong way! 😀
VB42 – Avatar Pride Parade
Saturday 12 January 2013
Saturday 5 January 2013
Saturday 29 September 2012
Saturday 8 September 2012
10am PDT / SLT
Sunday 13 January 2013
Sunday 6 January 2013
Sunday 20 September 2012
Sunday 9 September 2012
Come as the avatar you are… or any other avatar you’d like to be for the day…
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