IOTA: DATA - Commissioning
IOTA Institute commissioned artists J.R. Carpenter (UK), Jennifer Chan (Ontario), and Liz Solo (Newfoundland) to produce new web-projects. The projects will run under the IOTA: DATA wing between March 2017 and Feburary 2018, and will include a digital research publication on the topic of web-based art communities, digital aesthetics and the historie(s) of Net Art. Writers announced late 2017. This project is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Wide Sky - Web-based project
This project launched September 2017
Often recognizable for its use of Second Life aesthetics, machinima takes on a video game ideology by creating an online space with a defined structure and goal for its participant, but interrupts this traditional gaming relationship through unexpected interventions that challenge the built environments’ social and political infrastructure
Liz Solo’s Archive's Virtual Installation and Museum Exhibit currently housed on the Odyssey Simulator in Virtual Space, IOTA is please to launch the Archive website, home to nine new machinimas here:
Liz Solo’s “The Wide Sky” is a story based on the fragmented memories of a scientist desperately trying to make sense of her deteriorating world. “During a recent archeological dig into the deep future, researchers discovered a damaged memory sphere embedded in the floor of an uninhabited forest planet. Though much of the sphere was corrupted some of the data was retrievable. This Archive documents the artifacts that were recovered.”
Users may view the story in linear time or opt for the interactive timeline and be presented with a choice at the end of every video, generating alternative outcomes. Visitors will be able to customize their avatar, interact with props and experience the video narrative via screens inside each digital space. To log into the virtual installation in second life please follow the instructions on this page:
Liz Solo is a performance artist, media artist and a musician. She creates media and live performances that incorporate online virtual communities and MMORPGs. She is a founding member of The Black Bag Media Collective (based in St. John’s) and the Second Front (an online collective) and is a composer and performer with The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse (an online orchestra). Her performances, videos and online events continue to be screened and presented around the world.