Blogging is one of those things I (we?) do because we enjoy it. I’ve always said it’s really a case of thinking out loud or talking to ourselves in public. It seems then that most of the internal dialogues I decide to share are triggered by destinations and/or art in Second Life.
I read a post on another blog yesterday which told me that I’m doing it all wrong. :) I’d link to it if I could remember where it was so you’d know how inadequate I am, but I can’t find it again and, frankly, my rut is so deep I’m not prepared to change. This doesn’t mean, however, that I refuse to learn or change my mind on all subjects.
Today’s lesson came courtesy of Coppelia↑, an “artist cooperative sim where all resources and expenses are shared equally by its members”. They will mark their first anniversary this afternoon with a celebration and group show at 6:00 pm SLT.
The group is composed of a truly impressive collection of talents:
- Serra Qendra
- Philodemus (Dave Searby Mason)
- Eifachfilm Vacirca
- Jo Ellsmere
- Glyph Graves
- Oberon Onmura
- Artee Despres
- Pol Jarvinen
- FreeWee Ling
One of the names on that list was new to me (it’s not like I’m an expert) and I did a bit of online research. Stelarc↑ is an Australian performance artist “who is a pioneer of extreme performances and of performances helped by interactive robotic systems and virtual reality”↑.
I can’t even begin to articulate his premise/fears/loves/philosophy because I certainly don’t fully comprehend it. What strikes me though, apart from his intriguing (and decades long) exploration of human evolution as it is impacted by technology, is his level of commitment. The man has an ear grafted onto his arm.
When I first saw the words “performance artist” I was prepared to dismiss him without any effort or consideration. I’ve become extremely jaded by the reality that anybody can call themselves an artist and by a troll who uses the “performance artist” label to justify juvenile griefing pranks.
I was wrong to turn my back on an entire genre because of my loathing for one individual. Coppelia↑ is a fascinating collection of artists and their works. It also taught me a valuable lesson. I wish them a very happy anniversary and hope for many more! :)