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A Second Life for Some Old Performance Art

By Rhizome

The annual Exit Festival is currently taking place at Maison Creteil des Arts, offering Parisians and their visitors a glimpse into the international pulse of the contemporary art scene, but you don't need a passport to enjoy tonight's featured event. Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG) have been teleporting-in to Second Life to reenact famous early performance art works and tonight they will reenact pieces by Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Valie Export, and Gilbert & George. According to the site for the artists' Synthetic Performances project, Abramovic--also known for reenacting famous performances by herself and others--said of the Mattes's reenactment of her Imponderabilia, "It was such a good idea, I'm sort of jealous that it never crossed my mind." Of course, avatarism opens up the possibility of anyone reenacting anything, virtually anywhere. For now, start with this SLURL. - Marisa Olson

Image: Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Reenactment of Valie Export and Peter Weibel's Tapp und Tastkino, 2007

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