Acting As Aliens

Gazira Babeli with Man Michinaga and Second Front performing Acting as Aliens live in Second Life and live at the Kapelica Gallery, Slovenia. See more on Gazira’s Acting As Aliens page.

Followed by:

Gazira Babeli and Patrick Lichty
ACTING AS ALIENS
the ways of Performance Art in Digital Realities
Round table moderated by Domenico Quaranta
Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia, hall M3/M4
and Odyssey Art and Performance Simulator:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Odyssey/122/45/25/
November 2, 2009 at 7 PM (CET), 10 AM (Second Life Time)

What happens to performance when the place is a computer screen and time is better described as the timelessness you experience in front of it, as both a performer and a spectator? When reality fades into the background to be replaced by a simulated scenario where physical laws are disregarded and almost anything is possible? When the body itself becomes a software (and cultural) construction? On the occasion of the exhibition of Second Life performer Gazira Babeli hosted by Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana, this panel will try to answer these questions involving some of the most important practitioners and theoreticians in the field. From the seminar room, curator Domenico Quaranta will moderate a round table that will alternate theoretical discourse and performances, involving:

– Helfe Ihnen, Manager of Odyssey Art and Performance Simulator, the place where the most
active community of art practitioners in Second Life gathers. Odyssey will host the panel in
Second Life, too;
– Patrick Lichty, artist, theoretician, curator and (as Man Michinaga) founding member of the
performing art collective Second Front;
– Gazira Babeli;
– and other members of the Odyssey community.