FIRST the RLPO hosted a concert from within the virtual world of Second Life, now a group of international artists are exhibiting their work in a gallery built within the digital universe.Hosted at the Art at the EDGE gallery, contained within Second Life, the show features artist Vanessa Cuthbert's The Windhorse Project. Based on the idea of Buddhist prayer flags, a group of contemporary artists each created a piece of work expressing something they care about, with an overall ecological theme.
If the thought of visiting a gallery without leaving the comfort of your living room is just too freaky to get your head around then you can attend a special preview event at Manchester Digital Development Agency on September 16. You'll be taken on a tour of the virtual gallery on big screen, and a digitally made moving image Windhorse Project sequence will play in a darkened room. There will also be laptops and high-speed wireless broadband available to those who wish to independently explore the exhibition at their own pace.
The idea for showing the works on Second Life came from Dr Erica Wright, one of the artists on the project. She has this to say about it...
"Bringing this project to the prestigious Art at the EDGE gallery, is an important step forward for real world art. Second Life offers the global art audience chance to experience high end contemporary art in a whole new way, simultaneously viewing art in a gallery setting from armchairs and computer desks around the world. Through sharing the experience of viewing and discussing real art with others in a much more immediate way than is possible with other social media, Second Life's excellent free communication facilities allow for live conversation, note sharing and instant feedback about the art being viewed remotely. The potential benefits offered to artists and educators by this technology are simply breathtaking."
The Windhorse Project artists are Vanessa Cuthbert, John Hyatt, Charley Peters, Erica Wright, Olga Kenyon, Andrew Baker, John Goodwin, Linda Hughes, Vidyamala Burch, Neil Grant, Ian Whadcock, Mary Taylor, Tom Bingham, Ian McCullough and Claire Thomas.
In addition to their virtual world presence, the original printed works will continue to travel the globe.