EP:VV Changing Room (2010)

Eastside Projects, Birmingham & Second Life
7 January 2010, 6.30-7.00pm

Collaborative project in the Second Life version of Eastside Projects. Michael Takeo Magruder was the lead artist, myself, Antonio Roberts and some students from BIADs MA Digital Arts in Performance used the space and the virtual objects left there to explore the possibilities for this kind of exhibition.

During my slot I took phrases that suggest control, persuasion and compliance from Liam Gillick’s plays (that are being performed for his exhibition in the RL space), and scripted them into objects for avatars to sit in.



Changing Room
23 November 2009 – 23 January 2010

Changing Room is an evolving mixed-reality installation that considers the inherent mutability and reusability of artefacts, concepts and situations in the Digital Age. Lead artist Michael Takeo Magruder will collaborate with Extra Special People artists Ana Benlloch, Iona Makiola, Antonio Roberts, Lee Scott, Zhao Wei and Selma Wong to develop a new collaborative space.

Blending the shared virtual environment of Second Life with the shared physical environment of Eastside Projects, the artwork will facilitate the realisation, curation and documentation of seven distinct – yet interrelated – art projects arising from a common pool of virtual and physical resources.

Experience the artwork’s physical component at Eastside Projects alongside Liam Gillick’s Two Short Plays, a new solo exhibition (27 November 2009 to 23 January 2010) and the virtual environment in Second Life
(http://slurl.com/secondlife/Transitional%20Space/140/133/51). For further information please visit: www.takeo.org.

Changing Room is an experimental prototype for EP:VV (Eastside Projects: Virtualised and Visualised) – a new space for imagining ideas about Art. EP:VV will develop online, multi-user virtual worlds that afford new models for participation and representation of the gallery’s artworks and initiatives. For more information about EP:VV and its ongoing development, visit: www.eastsideprojects.org or email: epvv@bcu.ac.uk.

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