My MOOC Semester

black & white photo of 2 avatars with ice skates on the rings of saturn

Paypabak Writer & Vanessa Blaylock ice skating on the rings of Saturn at Kimika Ying’s Oceania Planetary Park, LEA27

The Planets

Artist: Vanessa Blaylock
Title: The Planets
Media: Site-Specific Dance for Camera

Abstract

Be it our ancestors elaborate narratives about the planets, or the modern-day outrage and disappointment of so many at Pluto’s being declared a fake planet and having it’s “green card” application formally rejected, The Planets have always been about us, and they have always been about identity.

Through the marvels of 3D virtual worlds, Kimika Ying has created Oceania Planetary Park in the LEA27 (Linden Endowment for the Arts) region of Second Life. It’s an opportunity to experience the planets like ancient trees in a national park.

In The Planets I am working with different avatars to discover a movement that explores their relationship to the planet of their choice. Christa Forster is creating a monologue about her feelings regarding Mars which we will post to CCMixter & SoundCloud. Any resulting remixes posted there will become the soundtrack to this video production.

Links for further reading

A collection of materials created in Oct-Nov-Dec 2013. My “semester project” started at the multi-virtual world event Mexico City, 1968, and along the way turned into The Planets.
Mexico City, 1968documents
The Planetsdocuments

Machinima (videos)

In response to some of the PBR Visiting Artists this term, I also made a few machinima:

.Re/search Website

Another significant activity this term has been to create the website / blog .Re/search as a collaborative space of discussion and creation for alumni from the 2 MOOCs Practice Based Research in the Arts & Creating Site Specific Dance and Performance Works:
Practice Based.Re/search

Classmates

In conjunction with building the sites and users for .Re/search, and originating with the beginning of the PBR course and Leslie Hill’s Autoethnographic Journal exercise, I’ve also been doing mini-profiles of as many classmates as possible:

C L A S S M A T E S
Blueberries
Practice Based Research
Site Specific Dance
Visiting Artist

CLASSMATES / MEDIA
2D
Choreography
Installation / Site
Interdisciplinary
Performance Art
Performing Arts
Social Practice
Technology Artist
More

CLASSMATES / LOCATION
London
UK
California
New York
Boston
USA
Brazil
AUS
Canada
Mexico
Berlin
Paris
NZ
NL

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