The SaveMe Rez Week 2014 produced a superb advert for the WEAR TO MOVE performance SaveMe Oh gave 9 March in the LEA 10 sim ”Your breath was shed” from Mimesis Monday/Heidi Dahlsveen. But was WEAR TO MOVE the best performance ever in a virtual world? We asked fans and critics for their reviews of WEAR TO MOVE.
“I really love her art. But I love even more the fact that she’s using the entire virtual world as her canvas,” says Ampel Goosson. He’s one of dozens of people with virtual cameras who’ve crowded in front of a dressing room where they patiently line up to get their turn to get naked and receive from Mimesis Monday one of the eight special made outfits from SaveMe Oh for the WEAR TO MOVE performance that is part of the opening night of this LEA sim. They’re here for the honour to be part of a SaveMe Oh performance, willingly to take the risk of being expelled from the snobbish art mafia that already keeps a grim grip on virtual worlds for almost a decade.
Some of SaveMe’s earlier works were destroyed almost as quickly as they appeared, banned, muted, ejected or derendered by local wannabe artists, sim owners or curators who seem to resent SaveMe Oh’s intrusion on their turf. And they’re not the only ones who wish she’d go back to hell.
“SaveMe Oh is a great promo girl; SaveMe Oh is not an artist; SaveMe Oh is an act,” says Tyrehl Byk, the upper P from the PPP (Particle Pee Party). Byk gives SaveMe credit for making images that stand out from the average because they’re well-promoted. But he says the artist isn’t as deep as her fans like to think. “Does she really think making avatars waiting in line and promises them some peeping opportunities arouse the art world?” “She’s completely conventional, anarchy lite,” says Byk. “Her images are especially uninteresting. I mean an artist peeing on a work of Cherry Manga? Meh. A horsedick in Quan Lavender? Meh. I mean, it’s pretty pointed political messages, but all so obvious. So obvious.”
Still, SaveMe’s defenders say her words and images are only part of the point. They say the context matters, too.
“She brings art to the sims in a way that very few artists do,” says Ziki Questi, the author of a book about SaveMe Oh called Oh, Save Me! “People stop who don’t go into galleries, who don’t go into museums, and they look at SaveMe Oh.” Questi says the artist’s omnipotent presence shows that her range has grown to include video and fashion-based pieces in her performances. Her favourite was the “Kratje” dress were Questi says see felt the splinters really getting in her virtual ass. The experience was totally real. ” And virtually no one could find the splinter in my ass” Questi says, even with the most modern zooming techniques.
Simotron Aquila, who was only able to see a part of the performance stated; “Like many people, I just find the performances of SaveMe Oh incredibly compelling. In my head this most elusive of her dancing looks like Margot Fonteyn driving a bicycle with square wheels or something like that. This performance letting SaveMe’s political statements, hastily and secretly presented inside non existing virtual walls, speak for themselves. If SaveMe was just an anarchist or griefer, rustling with discontent, her art would be unimpressive. But SaveMe’s art speaks with an edgy, wry, stylish accent. Her creations are no defacement. Instead, they’re the graphic, unheard voices of those shouting “something is wrong here!”
Eupalinos Ugajin couldn’t disagree more when he refused to stand for a second in line and TP-ed out of the sim as quickly as possible when SaveMe’s performance was announced. “This bitch is the attention whore of the art universe, she enjoys her time smuggling pieces of her attachment “art” into museums and art sim, installing her trademark name into random buildings such as my rafts or fluctuating Dada’s. This cunt pastes her name onto property, photographs it, puts it in the social media, and then calls it art. If you are the type of person that likes to point and laugh at the unusual places she puts her name on then this is the person you should follow blind.”
But SaveMe’s fans who lined up in front of her dressing room seem willing to forgive her every fart. And they’ll follow her to wherever she appears.