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Synthetic Performances: Reenactments
Performance in Second Life.
2007
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Second Life is, by definition, a second part, a second world, a second opportunity. While everything that happens there takes place in real time - the same time which is shared by SL (Second Life) and RL (Real Life) - the "now" offered by SL takes us back to something past, something we knew or experienced previously.
In this respect, the synthetic performances developed by Eva and Franco Mattes in SL make more sense as reenactments of performances previously carried out in RL.
Another characteristic of SL is the proliferation of multiple personalities, imposture, and identity theft. Consequently, it seems natural to us to see them change skin, changing from one moment to the next into avatars of Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Gilbert and George, Vito Acconci, and Chris Burden.
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