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September 08, 2006

Turbulence Guest Curators: Ars Virtua


honesty is our policy

Turbulence Guest Curators: Ars Virtua :: Opening Here Tonight! September 8, 7-9 pm SLT (Pacific Time).

A few months ago, we invited Ars Virtua--a new media center and gallery located entirely in the synthetic world of Second Life--to curate an exhibition of Turbulence works for Turbulence.org. James Morgan, Amy Wilson and Jay Van Buren rummaged through our ten-year old archive and produced honesty is our policy with works by Cory Arcangel (Urbandale), Nicolas Clauss (Heritage), and David Crawford (Stop Motion Studies).

"…Honesty may seem like a hokey notion in "real-life," but in an environment like Second Life, honesty is all you have. Absent social cues, history, nature, all one has to go on is the trust in another that this is how they view reality, and to interact with anyone on a meaningful level, that version of reality must be accepted.” – Amy Wilson

"Ars Virtua" is a new type of space that leverages the tension between 3D rendered game space and terrestrial reality, between simulated and simulation. It brings the art audience into “new media” rather than new media to the museum or gallery, and calls upon its audience to interact with the art and one another via their avatars within the space. To visit Ars Virtua simply create a free account in Second Life and run the current client. Once you have this properly installed follow this link – secondlife://Dowden/20/40 – directly to Ars Virtua.


JAMES MORGAN has shown work internationally and has recently produced a commission for ISEA2006/ZeroOne.

AMY WILSON is an artist represented by Bellwether in New York City. She has shown her work at numerous places, including PS1, The Drawing Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum, and has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, the Village Voice, and Time Out NY among others. She teaches art history and drawing at the School of Visual Arts.

JAY VAN BUREN is an artist and web designer based in Brooklyn New York. He has curated and worked in design under the name early-adopter.com for the past 7 years. He was the founder and co-director of Videoland Gallery in Manhattan's lower east side and has exhibited paintings in New York, Kansas City and Washington DC.

For more Turbulence Guest Curators, visit http://turbulence.org/curators.

Posted by jo at September 8, 2006 07:36 PM