Now would have Pablo liked it when performance artists in a virtual world would occupy a 3D version of his work Guernica and added all kinds of absurd items to it, would he shout: “Hey Salvador, ask Cheesus if he is also in the mood to play?”
Or would he say: “Please respect the hard working individuals who spend weeks in imitating me, who didn’t choose for the simple solution by hanging a 2D copy of my work in a frame on a wall, but really rebuild it as in real in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain?
Fact is that when you interact with a work in SL the question is not far away why you don’t respect the work or the artist who made it. And my question again and again is why we have to pretend to be in RL in a museum. From where comes the need to create again the distance between a creator and a spectator when the work is completely 3D? And why it is forced upon us to behave like respectful spectators who move organised on a prefabricated danceball and are forced to write in our chatbox “CLAP, CLAP” or “APPLAUSE, APPLAUSE”.
Forgotten time after time is that the work can be viewed the next day with nobody there, that avatars and objects can be muted and that you could also participate in exploring a work.
Forgotten is the large movement of artists meeting eachother in the cafe’s in Paris or Barcelona, or during the ballets in Moscow. Crossover between them was the facebook of their time. But in the wannabe artworld of SL there seems only space for the primgluers who want us to sit back in apathetic devotion. Just after escaping television in search for a more dynamic and interactive world we are forced again back in our seats.
What has to be said is that the creators of this work in LEA, London Junkers & Lizzie Gudkov didn’t had any objection of using their work or explore it, so I hope in secret it is their goal that their work is to be used. No, it was again a visitor who felt the need to defend his private national treasure.
Orsini Tarantal: want to give a message with the logos of SL?
SaveMe Oh: did it feel like a message?
SaveMe Oh: what you think it could mean?
Orsini Tarantal: an insult to the pain of the Spanish who lived through this horror?
SaveMe Oh: A celebration of creativity which destroys horror in the end?
Orsini Tarantal: that’s what you want to do, insult the Spanish?
SaveMe Oh: No, why should I?
SaveMe Oh: Is this not about freedom in the end?
Orsini Tarantal: really know the meaning of this picture?
SaveMe Oh: Yes, I saw it in Madrid
Orsini Tarantal: I hope no one goes to your country to insult you
SaveMe Oh: Insults keep the people awake
SaveMe Oh: and we are here not on a memorial site but in an artsim
Orsini Tarantal: You do not need people like you wake us, and much less with the logos of SL, people are much more awake than you think
SaveMe Oh: Glad to hear that
Orsini Tarantal: then, respect the work of others, and others will respect yours
SaveMe Oh: Respect is a word we don’t use in art
Orsini Tarantal: you do not know what art is
SaveMe Oh: now you offend me
Orsini Tarantal: I am a painter in, you do not
SaveMe Oh: No I am not
SaveMe Oh: Nice for you to be a painter
SaveMe Oh: I am a performance artist
Orsini Tarantal: Then, get out of here and do your nonsense elsewhere
SaveMe Oh: why you don’t come back tomorrow and have the whole place for yourself?
Orsini Tarantal: because today I’m here, I’m Spanish and this is a work of great significance for the Spanish, and you are ignorant of art and history
SaveMe Oh: In case you didn’t notice the people who made this, made it in 3d, so I suppose they want us to climb on it? Otherwise they could hang a reproduction of the Picasso painting here in 2d
Orsini Tarantal: ignorance is arrogant, but it’s worse to believe you’re better than others. I advise an exercise in humility and you dissolve into nothingness
SaveMe Oh: Where you stole that quote?