An exhibit highlighting the Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde was recently held at Moscow’s Manege Museum. This exhibit was composed of both real life (RL) and virtual Second Life® (SL) components. This golden age is usually called Constructivism and it was an artistic and architectural movement in Russia from 1914 to 1924.
As I was exploring the SL part of this exhibit, I was struck with the idea that art when expressed in a virtual world becomes something different from our usual conceptions of art. I postulate that some unique artistic forms have evolved in SL and I’m wondering how and why.
This is my notion: Because SL is an interactive, 3D environment, there has developed an ascetic based on viewer involvement and freedom from the usual RL constraints of time and space. This results in fascinating and mind-boggling creative installations that encourage the viewer to wander and explore not to simply observe.
There were a number of SL artists who contributed to the Russian Avant-Garde exhibit and you can explore what they did for the exhibit at the first link below. The subsequent links take you to additional installations and products by these artists. If you travel all these links, I think you will also come to understand how art in SL has become a creative force of its own. And if you agree or disagree, please post a comment below.
The SL artists who were involved with the Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde exhibit were: Bryn Oh, Alpha Auer, Nessuno Myoo, Jo Ellsmere, Soror Nishi and Eupalinos Ugajin.
- The Second Life components of the Russian Constructivism exhibit are found at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA8/22/102/56. The virtual world region is provided by the Linden Endowment for the Arts.
- Bryn Oh. The Singularity of Kumiko, Feburary 2014, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Immersiva/200/146/1152.
- Eupalinos Ugajin is involved in a collective project, “Moving Islands” [Rafts], http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA20/26/18/46.
- Soror Nishi. A portion of the Russian Constructivism exhibit is by her, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA8/108/231/78. Most of her other installations are no longer rezzed in-world.
- Jo Ellsmere. The Mask: A Synchronicity, performed for Museo del Metaverso’s “Art and Poetry” project, September 2011, https://vimeo.com/41673225.
- Nessuno Myoo. Various works at the White Gallery, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Battlestar/59/112/33.
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