Welcome to the Spacexcape Project.
The Spacexcape Project started over three years ago, as part of an ongoing enquiry into the "Blurred Edges: Perspectives on Reality" project by Alison Aylwin Raimes, a London based mixed media installation artist.
Spacexcape, is a virtual reality avatar created by Alison in the online worlds such as Second Life, Blue Mars and World of Warcraft.
In Second Life, Spacexcape worked in a collaborative team of artists, scientists and philosophers to create an experiential, interactive installation that allowed other online avatars to participate in the project. This culminated in a virtual installation that was open for three months and attracted over 10,000 unique visitors.
In Blue Mars, Spacexcape finds potential in the new environment where the project could be developed using more advanced graphics and scripts. There are some complex technical difficulties to deal with first, but she hopes that the development of the platform will allow her to utilise this amazing new concept in the future.
In World of Warcraft, the scenario is very different. Spacexcape's journey takes her through a world of conflict and battle in an attempt to understand the environment that attracts millions of players. This is a young, male dominated environment that is totally alien to Spacexcape as she encounters the addictive, aggressive and compulsive behaviour of the predominantly adolescent users. Like J M W Turner, she straps herself to the gaming mast and prepares for the storms, all in the name of art.
This project questions our current day perceptions of what is 'real' in a world of new media and technology. An age where communication is more frequently done across cyberspace than face to face.
"We explore the computer from inside and mirror this on the net. When a viewer looks at our work, we are inside his computer. You are very close to a person when you are on his desktop. I think the computer is a device to get into someone's mind"
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