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Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 - 09:07:31 pm

@ 遠き世に

To understand Grand Theft Avatar, we must first understand its medium, the online 3D virtual world, Second Life. While it has a virtual currency, it is technically not a game in that there “is no manufactured conflict, no set objective” (Catherine Smith). It is, however, similar to what we know as sandbox games, and massive multiplayer online role-playing games Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent research and your examples are very interesting! Yes, you right, in the third space, just about anything can happen when you are not bound to the constraints of reality, gravity, location, and character. You can be anyone, you can go anywhere, you can fly, you can build your own world. That is certainly the allure of the third space, and we can see how Second Front has used the third space as a virtual theater for staging situations that would be impossible in the physical world.

The Mother of Facetime

Bella Dai

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 - 08:22:15 pm

@ belladaiyunlang

On a November evening in 1980, a remarkable performance art, Hole in Space was held on the two sides the United States. Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz had their two life-sized screens installed at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and the department store at the open-air Shopping Center in Los Angeles. The Read more →

Categories: Research
Very good description of Hole in Space, and your detailed account of the three day performance/installation was quite nicely detailed. I would like to see more of a description about how this piece uses the third space, and what exactly the third space means as defined in my essay. So you want to balance the detail you have provided within the conceptual framework of the week's topic, which in this case is the third space. But very nicely written in terms of the what took place in this amazing networked art piece.

[EI] Telematic Dreaming and the Third Space


Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 - 03:03:07 pm

@ Bala's OSS

Randall Packer asserts that “The laws of the known world have been all but abandoned in the third space: it is a space of invention and possibility.” Indeed, Telematic Dreaming brings two people, thousands of kilometers apart, together. While it should not be possible that they would both be able to interact with each other simultaneously in a shared space, Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent! I would like to hear more about the connection between Cartesian Dualism and our virtual bodies co-mingling in the third space. Your exposé very nicely investigates the question of intimacy, despite geographical separation and proximity. This is the very essence of the third space, as you point out, how we are able to inhabit together networked space, while still feeling a strong sense of touch and closeness. Why is this? This is the big question we ask in our study of networked culture.

[EI] Tele-Stroll: A Tale of Two Cities


Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 - 03:02:05 pm

@ Bala's OSS

Felicia and I thought of a couple other ideas before settling on our final idea: we thought about playing hide and seek on camera (with penalties), dancing to Bruno Mars songs, or interviewing people in religious places in an attempt to understand different religions better – in the end, we settled on a Tinder-in-real-life concept.

Felicia and I would find guys Read more →

Categories: Micro-Project

Engulfed by the Space.

Daphne Ngatimin

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 - 12:02:25 am

@ Daphne Ngatimin

Sherry Rabinowitz & Kit Galloway, Hole in Space, 1980. 

On November 1980, Sherry Rabinowitz and Kit Galloway had set up a live sized two way broadcast connecting the East and West coast through a satellite, called “Hole in Space”. It was unannounced, with no signs, no credits nor explanation to what it is. This installation ran for Read more →

Categories: Research
Great piece, and I am so delighted that you mentioned the idea of "emotional bandwidth," a term that was coined by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz to describe the quality of intimacy and interaction in the third space. And you raise an important question about how the third space, and our daily interactions in the virtual realm, have impacted our sense of reality. That is a great question and one we will explore in class this evening. My only comment is to remember to incorporate the assigned essay into your research critique. Great work!!

The Big Kiss: why?


Monday, Jan 29, 2018 - 11:58:27 pm

@ hello

The Big Kiss (2007) performed by Annie Abraham. Two people, one of which is Annie Abraham, sit in two separate places in front of a webcam. Their two feeds go onto a screen split down the centre, and they ‘kiss’ each other through this screen. This screen is thus the third space which is discussed in Randall Packer’s Read more →

Categories: Research
I like how you made a comparison between the past and the present use of real time broadcasting, it really shows the evolution of what the third space is used for.
Very well written and intriguing research critique on the Big Kiss. You are right, for those of us born before the Internet, the transformation to the third space represents a radical changing in thinking and way of life. While for the Millennials, it is a way of life, you have never known a world without the Internet and the Web. That said, a work such as the Big Kiss, is important for understanding the world we live in, because it examines the quality of intimacy we feel with people at a distance, as you point out. One comment: in regards to defining the third space, it is more than the screen where it all takes place, but it is the CONNECTION of screens and cameras and mics so that we can inhabit the screen together. Very good work!

"5000 Kilometres— It's Nothing."


Monday, Jan 29, 2018 - 06:06:53 pm

@ Farz

Telematic dreaming is an interactive piece created by Paul Sermon. What’s interesting about this piece is that it requires the audience’s efforts to make it work. Such a medium is unique as the outcome is determined by the public, instead of it being thoroughly carried out by the artist himself.

In this piece, two beds are far apart- by 5000 kilometres. Read more →

Categories: Research
Wonderful and detailed description of Paul Sermon's Telematic Dreaming. One way that you can expand on your research critique of the work is to also examine the implications. First, what is the third space? How do we define it? I discuss this in my essay and so you want to bring in some of what I have said to help illustrate your description of the work. Secondly, what is the artist trying to say? Think about how a work such as Telematic Dreaming investigates the quality of intimacy despite geographical separation. This kind of analysis reveals a lot about what we all experience each and every day as we communicate with people at a distance through social media, texting, phone calls, etc. This way we understand our world a little better through the critique of artistic works.

Second Front, Grand Theft Avatar (2008) Review


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 - 03:11:49 pm

@ f e l ❍


Founded by Linden Lab who first launched Second Life in 2003, it has pioneered to become a virtual world where many transacted millions across this platform. Second Front (2006), a team of 7 live performers, were the first to perform in the online virtual world of Second Life. The main source of influence Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent piece and you captured the essence of the third space extremely well. Your writing is very poetic and evocative, conceptually well-tuned to the subject matter. One area for improvement: I would like to see more detail about the work itself, some specifics, incidents, etc., which help illustrate your strong conceptual thinking. In other words, blending concrete examples, such as when the members of Second Front fly far above the bank robbery site, defying the laws of gravity (magic) in the distributed space of Second Life. Otherwise, this is very well done.

[EI] Reading 2: The Big Kiss (2007) by Annie Abrahams


Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 - 01:18:43 am

@ Francesca

Research Critique on ‘The Big Kiss’ (2007) by Annie Abrahams

‘The Big Kiss’ (2007) is a performance installation by Annie Abrahams. Using webcam technology, two performers engaged in the act of kissing through a split screen. Annie Abrahams is intrigued by the ‘possibilities and limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions’. Hence, her works Read more →

Categories: Research
I like the idea when you discussed about the feeling of intimacy through this interaction in the third space, it leaves me to question if people are actually able to find comfort despite not having any real world interaction.
Excellent! I had no idea about the Kissenger, that's a real find. Maybe someone could do a performance project and test it out! You touched on all the important points, particularly your critique of intimacy at a distance in the third space. I suspect from devices like the Kissenger, that increasingly we will have artificial, telematically stimulated points of contact on an increasing basis. But you bring up an important point about the ethical ramifications of intimacy at a distance, or should I say intimacy on demand. Great research!!

Grand Theft Avatar?


Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 - 11:24:45 pm

@ Jasmine

The moment I received this assignment, I went ahead to watch the video Grand Theft Avatar by Second Front. To be honest, I was completely lost in the video because I could not understand what was going on in the video. Upon researching and re-watching the video a couple of times, I think I am able to gain a better Read more →

Categories: Research
Considering you had some difficulty understanding the work, you did a great job describing it in all of its detail! And you made an important observation that the performers were in fact live in their various remote locations in order to interact together in Second Life. My only comment is to focus a little more on the topic of the week, in this case the third space, and explain why in fact, the third space might be less restrictive as you rightly point out. Good work!