Posted by: don´t panic | January 11, 2017

GERHARD DOTZLER

Some readers might know that this blog is old, has tradition and that the daily events are blogged on different sites. So let me tell you about this blog and how it came to it. At the end I will tell why this headline.

Avatarkunst is one of the oldest blogs about Avatars & Art, maybe the oldest indeed. It is set on default for all my connected blogs like usercreatedrealiy.com – that’s why it comes sometimes in forms to “don’t panic and avatarkunst.wordpress.com“. Kunst means Art and transformative art – so used in New Slovenian Kunst – standing for former complicated relationships between Germans and Slovenians – as conventional art has still such a relationship with Digital Art. So Avatarkunst shall it be as avatarart might gain an even more complicted relationship.

Dr. Gerhard Dotzler is an art historian and one of the pioneers and publisher of computer art. As he retired he donated in late 2016 his archive containing correspondence with all the old masters like Max Bense to ZKM Karlsruhe. Dr. Dotzler told me as I asked him some years ago what he thinks of my doing – after laughing for a moment – that I am the creator of Avatarkunst. Why I ask he asked? Then he outlined why he sees it this way. Avatarkunst is an artform that Avatars look at art in virtual worlds reflecting themselves and the art they looking at. I always thought I created Paramerterkunst and Computer Minimal Art. I published about the balance between man and machine when it comes to generative art and stochastics in cybernetic esthetics. That the computer generates and the user says “stop” by pointing on an artwork on the screen defining “it” by this doing to a work of art, granting it later the signature of the human being – I would add as Art Blue writing in rezmagazine on AIs as the workforce of the future – leaving the hard working computer grieving behind (*LOL*).

Dr. Dotzler published some art calendars in the 80s and 90s with my works of Parameter Art and Computer Minimal Art on it. We even gained some prices for them. So he shall best know. Now over the years I have to agree on his early prediction more and more. Avatars in virtual worlds become them self a matter of art. Social art is a fact in art studies, in social media art. Linden Lab has recently launched Bento as an extension to Second Life Mesh Avatars where bones are being implemented in head and fingers to make the animations more realistic. I spoke with some body creators like Maitreya and they say the women are crasy about to get them. They are quite expensive. In total you need for a good looking but still basic avatar 10.000 Linden which is 38.00 Euro or 39.00 US Dollar. That’s quite interesting as the concept of Second Life is based – since 2004 – on land tiers and on free to run avatars. I saw this happening – quite amused, but full aware and anticipating the situation – that even in an academic student course limited to one week the ladies in the seminar asked how to get “better hair, better skin” and that they modified their shape from a realistic “that’s me as I am” to a “this I like to be” …

It did not help much that I said to the students on their way to becoming teachers: We shall concentrate on the didactic and technical approch “how to get an artwork uploaded and presented in a virtual realm”. Avatars are just now for us the tool to act inworld. Some days ago I found out that XFire has stopped to work – after 13 years of operation. All the videos we uploaded to Xfire in this seminar (called “I in 3D”) are gone. Luckily a student has made a backup on youtube so I could link there for the Immersivia book I am writing on.

Here it comes an old document where Avatarkunst was born. Keep in mind it was 2009 – no Mesh – no Bento. The male student at the beginning Attard Magic aka David Cassar has still his standard looking – we said “noob” – most of the other students (David was the only man in the seminar) changed “for the movie, for the recording, for being seen in public” – being seen by you now after eight years.

 

I said I will add a word on Dr. Gerhard Dotzler. He told me last year that he has to give up on health implications and offered my foundation some of his stock. I sadly had to deny. I dont have the capacity to store tons of papers and prints. I sent him a copy of the Molly Bloom calendar 2017 we printed – and it returned today as “undeliverable”.

Posted by: don´t panic | December 3, 2016

Book IMMERSIVIA

I started to write on a book IMMERSIVIA at leanpub. Here comes the SAMPLE BOOK as PDF. It needs some updates, but it is now in beta, so you may be able to read and give feedback.

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Posted by: don´t panic | October 5, 2016

ExpoTime

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Enjoy to read my paper at ExpTime

Posted by: don´t panic | May 31, 2015

LPM intermediate

Enjoy to read Ex Reality which will be published in rez Magazine June 2015.

This is the PDF giving a Content overview LPM2015: BLENDING IN TO OPENSIM

These are the secret links used at LPM 2015 “Blendung in to Opensim”:

https://youtu.be/8Tjb8Bne8so MOONREZZER LPM2015 by WizardOz Chrome, Milano [8 min]
https://youtu.be/IZk-6Mw56B0 YOUR BRAINWAVES COUNT [1 min]
https://youtu.be/E3Zz91r78Zk MOONHOLDERS Short Version [1 min]
https://youtu.be/2sqGX-yZ2co MOONREZZER by WizardOz Chrome, different Version [8 min].
https://youtu.be/Enl18rX5K94 OBEDIENCE by Bryn Oh, project by Saskia Boddecke, Peter Greenaway, Bryn Oh, Jo Ellsmere [4 min]
https://youtu.be/VuVgmVAzBoY OBEDIENCE machinima by Iono Allen [4 min]
All other links will be posted at moonrezzer.com – like already done fort the SOULREZZER by WizardOz Chrome at https://youtu.be/VjBJCKrCG3g
This page shortlink is.gd/lpm2015opensim
Posted by: don´t panic | October 15, 2014

Invisible Art by Lana Newstrom

Personal invite for artists. You are invited to come today at 11.30 SLT, grid time = 19.30 GMT London time = 20.30 CET Paris/Rome/Berlin time [in Second Life] to see what is behind this art featured in CBC artnet:

http://www.artfido.com/blog/artist-creates-invisible-art-and-collectors-are-paying-millions/

Be on a photo with Robin Banksy, be in the next rez Magazine where Invisible Art will be presented by Art Blue.

IM Art Blue or PatriciaAnne Daviau for the TP at 11.28. We leave the place at 11.55 and go to the HG Safari HQ (The Embassy in SL to a trip to opensim worlds).

Place yourself where the red boxes are in this picture:

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Posted by: don´t panic | June 25, 2014

Hypergrid [HG] Safari 2.0

We meet at South Horizon, but we dont see the other regions around, why?

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I predicted in 2011 that everyone will be forced to update user made 3D worlds or “everything is gone to dust”. I have some regions on older server versions running. They can be reached by the hypergrid.net [frozen] viewer and are set on frozen databases. Thats my mission. One part is VULCANICUS. All contributions to VULCANICUS – The Volcano of Art – will be coverd in a booklet “SECOND DOWNLOAD” for the ones who want to see first on print what they may experience by a visit. Now welcome to the Hypergrid Safari! Here are some photos how South Horizon will again look after “the painter” was here again to make it all seen by OS 0.8. This might be the last update I do on the conserved regions as my long time student and developer “Daniel” will soon leave the university time behind to make “real” money in industry.

Enjoy a few pictures: Overview RIFT HORIZON and some of  “a well painted” South Horizon. About “The Colosseum” [made by Exy Atreides] you may read The Artefact: Still not known” in rez Magazine, June 2014. 

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I have not included photos of Roots and War [by JadeYu Fhang]. This part of the installation was not affected by the server changes. You may do photos on your own 🙂

Posted by: don´t panic | June 17, 2014

Hypergrid [HG] Safari

VULCANICUS is not only a 3d-installation of pieces of art made of prims and sculpts. It offers some interactions. There are scripts inside. Hidden functions 🙂

On Wednesday, June 25, the HG Safari will visit RIFT HORIZON – the “landing point” in grid Metropolis. From this point you see VULCANICUS best. You may create an avatar in OSgrid [prefered language English], Francogrid [prefered language French] or Metropolis [German and English] and join HG Safari – search for Thirza Ember in OSgrid.

I copy the group information: Hypergridding! This group helps people new to hypergridding to discover destinations, new friends and all the fun that goes with grid jumping. We meet Wednesdays at 9 PM Central European time (12 noon SLT)
IM Wizard Gynoid Fuschia Nightfire or Thirza Ember if you would like to invite the group to come visit your region.

I spoke of interaction and scripting happens in VULCANICUS as well – worth to visit with students in arts and informatics. I found a good [and short] posting on it: http://tomcat-stable.hcmc.uvic.ca:8080/ach/site/xhtml.xq?id=164

Posted by: don´t panic | June 12, 2014

I DREAM OF JEANNIE

I am not a fan of facebook, but many are. So let it be to have a link to discover “I DREAM OF JEANNIE

Posted by: don´t panic | June 5, 2014

Santorini Biennale

Today I got great news. Navah Dreams´ DREAMT FOREST – 1.000 tree planters in virtual worlds – [aka Liliana Papadopoulou] got accepted as contribution to the Santorini Biennale.

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See more about at iReport http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1140739

Dreamt Forest can be visited in Metropolis grid. But looking at the 1.000 planters has to wait until the grand opening on July 5th.

Posted by: don´t panic | May 27, 2014

VULCANICUS is done

After 3 years the project comes now to the end. In a few days the simulator gets frozen. Contributors may check by visiting the world via the Metropolis grid if the donated pieces of art are well placed — and the webpage I made to show your work in the web is fine. Just enter your virtual name in search at http://vulcanicus.com

The book VULCANICUS moves on. A draft of some pages comes here as a PDF …

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The last creation added: Panem et Circenses “Rome – The Colloseum” [tiny edition – downsized from South Horizon]

And here you get a picture of the enlarged project, called RIFT HORIZON.

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Gem Preiz — East Horizon and in small size North Horizon [=Vulcanicus]

JadeYu Fhang — South Horizon

Exy Atreides — South Horizon and in small size North Horizon [=Vulcanicus]

Mechanic Dreams — West Horizon [hidden behind the Volcano]

Art Spot [still not known] — Rift Horizon

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