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Eva and Franco Mattes and Adam Nash in Second Life

Two big events on Odyssey http://slurl.com/secondlife/Odyssey/122/45/25/ this Saturday the 8th: Eva and Franco Mattes http://www.0100101110101101.org/ (aka 0100101110101101.ORG) will perform their Synthetic performances series at the Exhibit A gallery at 8AM PDT. This performance will be streamed live to the Ars Electronica festival in Linz. 9AM PDT Adam Nash http://yamanakanash.net/projects.html (aka Adam Ramona in SL) opens Seventeen Unsung Songs on East of Odyssey (our adjacent sim) with a chance to take away a free art work and talk to the artist.

Odyssey presents Seventeen Unsung Songs: a site specific installation of 17 immersive audio visual works by Australian artist Adam Nash (aka Adam Ramona in Second Life).
Adam is an audiovisual artist, performer, composer and programmer. He works primarily in networked real-time 3D spaces, exploring them as audiovisual performance spaces. These SL works are the evolution of years of work in other networked environments that precede Second Life, beginning in 2002. with His work has been presented in galleries, festivals and online in Australia, Europe, Asia and The Americas, including peak festivals SIGGRAPH, ISEA, and the Venice Biennale. He works as composer and sound artist with Company In Space (AU) and Igloo (UK), exploring the integration of motion capture into realtime 3D audiovisual spaces. Thanks to a CultureLab grant from the City of Melbourne, he's currently collaborating with Australia Council fellow John McCormick on actual/virtual entanglement performance in various environments including Second Life, Multiverse, Quest3D, Torque3D, and Pure Data. He is also collaborating with Fabio Zambetta on Two Families, a NWN2 mod that explores dynamical policy models in interactive storytelling.
Occupying most of an entire sim, Seventeen Unsung Songs is an artwork consisting of one large central piece, with 16 smaller pieces that are distributed throughout a forested landscape. These are audio visual works based on the 16 tone rational scale, which Adam Nash devised. Viewers experience the exhibition by wandering through the wooded sim to find pieces like "the Moaning Columns of Longing" nestled in a grove of eucalyptus. Wandering a bit, one comes upon the the large, central piece which consists of 5 emotional/audio/visual "zones" with amorphous borders. It is very broad and tall. Viewers need to fly to experience it fully, and the longer a viewer spends within the piece the more it evolves. All of these works engage the viewer through interaction, some are designed to work between multiple viewers. Each is a unique sensory experience that pushes the technology offered in Second Life to new realms. This large scale installation of Nash's work in SL follows his own "Ramonia: Garden of Immersive Sound" and "A Rose Heard at Dusk" which is on temporary exhibit above the Odyssey amphitheater. Seventeen Unsung Songs opens September 8th at 9AM PDT, 2007 and runs through November. Please join us for a reception with the artist and a chance to take away a free artwork from the show!

Eva and Franco Mattes have defined Synthetic Performance as a performative action that takes place in synthetic worlds and video-games. The actions are interpreted by their avatars, which were constructed out of the shape and surface of their bodies. People can attend the live performances connecting to the video-game from all over the world. If the performance allows it, they can also interact. The performer never meets his public in person, their relation is mediated by the avatar. Since January 2007 the Mattes have been working on a series of reenactments of historical performances, including: Chris Burden's Shoot; Vito Acconci's Seedbed; Valie Export's Tapp und Tastkino; Joseph Beuys' 7000 Oaks (in progress). All of these works will be presented on Saturday the 8th at 8AM PDT. Don't miss this rare chance to see two of SL's most well known real life artist's! http://odysseyart.ning.com/