In her Scenes and Screen presentation, Liz will show the machinima piece The Asteroid. The Asteroid is both a machinima and an online performance piece examining themes and ideas around the relationship between technology, isolation and desire. It was created as a contribution to the #MeToo movement. The Asteroid video was created from footage of a live performances in Second Life at the 7a*md8 (aka the Toronto Performance Art Collective) Performance Art Festival.

Liz will discuss her methods for creating performance in VR spaces, as well as her arts practice, how she fell into virtual worlds from the live theatre stage and how she inadvertently became a pioneer in the art of machinima. She is looking forward to answering any questions about her methods and is very interested in learning new things from the AltspaceVR community during the Q and A portion of the presentation.

About Liz:

Liz Solo is an award winning performance artist, writer, media artist and musician. Liz works independently and as part of collectives and partnerships to produce performances that merge the live stage with virtual (online, game) environments. This year she is entering AltSpace VR looking for new creative opportunities and machinimatography methods.

About Scenes and Screens 2019:

SAS2019 is an all-in-VR arts, education, and technology event that provides contemporary artists and critical thinkers a platform to showcase their work, inspire international collaboration and meaningful discourse with a global audience.

Speculative Realities encourages artists and scholars to consider virtual realms at a philosophical level. The subtopics that have emerged from these ideas allow for a wider interpretation and discourse that challenge our current notions of reality while also promoting the innovative use of social VR within art and media.

As an example, virtual spaces create very real experiences despite their ephemeral qualities. Those spaces are alive and eerily unchanging despite their age, the only changes occurring when they are manipulated, deleted, or lost.

Alternatively, our relationship with virtual spaces and with each other are constantly evolving as new features and technologies are added to our proverbial tool set. Those that have found residence in these spaces, whether content creators or not, have found a way to make this experience work for them spiritually.

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