Extreme Makeover: Virtual Edition

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Image of Second Life Avatar pulling her hair out with various HTML text in glowing letters over her image

“Extreme Makeover: HTML Edition” by Belgesto
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SAINT-ÉTIENNE, LOIRE, 8 August — Here today, at the birthplace of performance artist Orlan, we announce Extreme Makeover: Virtual Edition. Drew Daniel of Matmos once said,

Who needs Orlan when you’ve got Extreme Makeover?

It was a cheeky, yet insightful observation that what was once the conceptual domain of edgy performance art had, in the hands of “reality television,” become pop culture. Yet neither Orlan nor Network Television have thought a lot about Avatars, Identity, Appearance, and Body Image in our 21st Virtual Century, even though avatars are the natural home of powerful ideas about embodiment. In fact, some of the best peeps on this topic are right here on iRez: Ironyca, co-host of WoW Factor, Kris, Mixed Reality Performance Artist, Botgirl, Identity Blogger, and more. So it must be time to do our own “Extreme Makeover.”

There are two, at least, ways to play: Then & Now, or Now & Later. In Then & Now you find an old avatar photo and compare it to what you look like today. In Now & Later you take your current photo and then make some change. The change can be “extreme” but it can also be subtle. Either way, give us 2 pix, or more if you want to show angles or details, and write a little or a lot about the changes. Interestingly enough, in the last week iRez posts have featured Jackie Graves 2009 & 2012 and Fiona & Vaneeesa 2010 & 2012, so I guess art imitates life… err… I mean… Virtual Salon imitates Virtual Life! 😛

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Jackie Graves at GRAVES Leather Latex Metal

Jackie Graves, 2009

Jackie Graves and Vaneeesa Blaylock standing in front of Graves Leather Latex Metal. Graves in a hi-tech catsuit and Blaylock in a grey chiffon dress

Jackie Graves (with VB) 2012

Vaneeesa Blaylock & Fiona Blaylock in a close, portrait pose

Vaneeesa & Fiona Blaylock, 2010

Vaneeesa Blaylock in a uniform standing behind Fiona Blaylock in a tattered t-shirt

Vaneeesa & Fiona Blaylock, 2012

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