Estimated reading time: 1 minutes — In VB48 Glitch Avatar Pride Parade virtual performance artists celebrate glitch culture by becoming glitch avatars. VB48 in the streets of Virtual Amsterdam.
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Glitch = Life?
Is a glitch a mistake? Like,
Oh, we had clean video for a while, but now it’s all glitchy.
Or is a glitch postmodern freedom? Freedom from the tyranny of modernism’s unforgiving pursuit of perfection. Mies van der Rohe appealed for a clean, controlled world in his famous, “Less is more.” Was Robert Venturi’s riposte a plea for a messy, complex, glitchy world?
Less is a bore.
You saw Star Trek: Into Darkness, right? That was Kahn’s problem. He was all oldschool modernist perfection, like
You don’t fit into my utopia – I kill you all!
As Spock moves from being obsessed with The Prime Directive to the glitchy messiness of experiencing Admiral Pike’s death, he comes to understand a more complex, more inclusive, less “perfect” world.
In VB48 we celebrate our glitchiness. In VB48 we celebrate uncertainty. In VB48 we celebrate indeterminacy. In VB48 we celebrate chaotic noise. In VB48 we celebrate the grain of chaotic sand that makes possible our future cultural pearls.
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My glitchy exoskeleton vibrates as I walk down a path in Virtual Amsterdam
VB48: Glitch Avatar Pride Parade route around the sims of Virtual Amsterdam
We met up at the parade step off point at Gallery Xue / Amsterdam
Moni looking all Moni in her before image
Apmel & Trilby
Gallery Xue / Amsterdam
Gallery Xue / Amsterdam
As we stepped off this woman walked by, so we decided to let her be our unofficial, or “unaware” parade leader.
We followed her into a central courtyard in Virtual Amsterdam
I don’t recall, but I think she actually worked in the Amsterdam Red Light District. Maybe her group title said something about that.
The Glitch Avatar Pride Parade with our accidental parade leader the Amsterdam prostitute.
Only I guess she wasn’t really a prostitute, but a terrorist! She exploded a huge bomb right there in the middle of the park and sort of blew us all to bits! Haha, so I guess she WAS part of the Glitch Avatar Pride Parade after all!
Pieces of Pixel
And then we started throwing stuff.
I read somewhere that you can’t have a glitch avatar pride parade without throwing frogs around.
Gina, Pixel, Vanessa, Trilby, Apmel
The frogs are mandatory. It never said anything about bananas, but we threw a bunch of those too, just for extra credit.
Fortunately Virtual Amsterdam doesn’t get too upset about piles of frogs & bananas down by the water.
I wish my stoopid boyfriend had been here. He would have loved this.