Haydn Shaughnessy - a journalist and entrepreneur based in Cork - has a contemporary art gallery.
He also has a fascination for things virtual and himself and his wife Roos are launching a virtual gallery in Second Life. Designed by real world architect Benn Dunkley. Get this (taken from another blog here)
Artists Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern have each been exploring performance and performativity in their archival prints. Kildall restages then remediates iconic performance artworks in Second Life, and Stern straps on a scanner appendage and battery pack, and performs images into existence; both processes produce art objects in the real world.
For Crossing the Void II at Ten Cubed Gallery..they were asked to produce unique virtual art works for sale in Second Life, which mirror their real life prints. In response, they created a series of “Simulate Editions”, where every ‘print’ is individually signed and numbered by hand, making each work ‘technically unique.’ The works are copy and modification protected, but also come with a resize script, so that the new collector/owner - and only them - can grow or shrink their purchase so as to fit into their SL space.
Will I be attending - no. Barely coping with the real world and my 1D interfaces with others - my trialling of Second Life was short and left me wondering why.
Do I will them luck? Absolutely. People with vision are a joy to behold and Haydn and Roos have it in buckets :-)