13 Most Beautiful Avatars

Marisa Olson:

Rhizome is pleased to announce the opening of "13 Most Beautiful Avatars," a Second Life avatar portrait series by Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG), exhibited at Second Life's Ars Virtua Gallery. This is our third online exhibition in the Time Shares series.

More info can be found below and online. There will be an in-world opening reception, tonight, from 6-8pm SLT/9-11pm EST. Perhaps we'll see you there. Many thanks to James Morgan, founder and director of Ars Virtua.

13 MOST BEAUTIFUL AVATARS http://rhizome.org/events/timeshares/

This exhibition, in Second Life's Ars Virtua gallery (Nov. 15 - Dec. 29) captures the most visually dynamic and celebrated "stars" of Second Life. The Matteses have been living in the virtual world, Second Life, for over a year, exploring its terrain and interacting with its peculiar inhabitants. The result of their "video-game flanerie" is this series of portraits. The 13 Most Beautiful Avatars images will be exhibited, in the real-world, at the Italian Academy (v) at New York's Columbia University. For the Ars Virtua show, in Second Life, a 3D replica of this physical exhibition space has been recreated for presentation of an exhibition identical to the "real" one.

TIME SHARES Organized by Rhizome and co-presented by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Time Shares is a series of online exhibitions dedicated to exploring the diversity of contemporary art based on the Internet. Every six weeks, Rhizome and invited curators will launch a new exhibition featuring an international group of artists. The series is a component of Rhizome's Tenth Anniversary Festival of Art & Technology


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Marisa Olson
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