Hello Avatar!

October 19, 2008

What is between RL and SL? I have been asking myself that for quite some time and even more so recently while working on my new project called “Static Transitions”. Of course I have molested my friends by asking them as well and most commonly the answer that followed was: “The Screen, duh”. That is true. Yet, to me, the question has more layers than just the obvious. How does our virtual presence change us? What exactly do we transcend when we log on”? Does our avatar in it’s behavior and appearance reflect all of ourselves, a part of it or maybe even something beyond who we are in RL? I am doing some research on the topic and one of the most enlightening definitions of what exactly our avatar is, I found in Mark Stephen Meadows’ “I Avatar”:
“Most of all I found the avatar to be a machine that is attached to the psychology of its user. From within that machine, the driver can peek out, squinting through alien eyes, and find a new world. And oddly, the driver can also look into himself, as if gazing into his naval, and find a new landscape as well.”
So a machine, hm? A ‘mind machine’…perhaps altering and mirroring a person at the same time. Now that is interesting! And very much in tune with my own experiences. It makes sense and it opens a whole new universe of questions like how exactly this machine works and effects us. What is the main purpose of said machine? A catalyst, an adapter, an amplifier? An interface to a new dimension? I’m not sure how much of these thoughts will actually be “visible” in my build but at least it gives me something to think about while throwing prims around.

Feel free to contribute your thoughts if you enjoy pondering similar questions.

Case (the mind machine) x

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3 Responses to “Hello Avatar!”


  1. Very fine explaination, Case, peeking out from a machine :) I actually thought about that this morning at around 3:30 when my RL machine was having trouble shutting down. Trin doesn’t sleep. He doesn’t even have a bed. He just waits for me to kick him into gear like some custom Hot-Rod parked in my virtual garage. He sits in his favorite “Lazee-Boy” chair and as soon as I log, he pops to attention, ready for action, with notices and IM’s flying all over, gray things forming and turning colors.

    “He” has many friends… I, but a few. So even though he is my machine, I would be lost and sad without him…

    Which leads me to your previous post. I have some words on that but RL calls :P

  2. kumikuhr Says:

    a fascinating question that I continually ponder… here’s two responses…

    my thoughts via flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/10238602@N06/2765740152/in/set-72157601821894070/

    and something Josh Olsen wrote: http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/the-life-and-death-of-jesse-james/17427/
    “Ever since we crawled out of the mud and started hitting each other over the head with rocks, attraction has worked this way: I see you across the room. You see me. Something clicks. We approach. We talk. If there’s some kind of connection between our inner selves — even if it’s just a mutual desire to rub chocolate pudding over each other’s naughty bits — we get on with the business at hand. But the Internet has turned things upside down. Now, things work the other way around. Our inner selves meet and connect, and then we get to the raw, physical-attraction thing. And while it’s painful to learn that someone you find physically attractive doesn’t go for you, how much more painful to find that someone whose soul speaks to you across the series of tubes that make up the World Wide Web doesn’t go for your fat ass and spotty face.”

    BY JOSH OLSON

  3. casetomorrow Says:

    Hey you two, you have made some very interesting points.
    Trin that really cracks me up…you know Case feels the same way too. Lately I don’t log on SL as much because I feel overwhelmed by her. 300 “friends”, projects, shops, galleries, openings, parties, things to see..Aaaaaaargh is there a way I can go on vacation with her?
    kumi, wow I think that guy Josh makes a very intense observation that I wouldn’t have been able to put into words like that. How we all connect with each other on this entirely different level which is very different from the way we communicate in first life and how painful that must be when this becomes a problem between you and the one you love…

    Thank you both for your thoughts <3 Case


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