Dancing With Myself, 2009three projector, hybrid reality interactive, immersive and performative installation

In Dancing With Myself my avatar, Nar Duell, has been scripted to perform a choreography. I respond to Nar Duell, attempting to create a duet with her, thereby inverting the person/avatar paradigm, as Nar Duell controls me. In real time performance she moves in an immersive environment projected onto three walls. Her world is expansive and infinite. The real world space where I respond and dance is boxed in and confined, once again reversing the usual view of space through a computer screen.

Dancing with Myself finds expression through choreographic interaction for the narcissistic relationship that people often develop with the portraits they create or commission of themselves, whether as static photographs or scripted avatars. The creation and relationship to one’s avatar portrait in virtual worlds is all encompassing. People lavish time and money in order to represent themselves. But the disconnect from reality is unavoidable as one interacts with this virtual space. The physical distancing of flying through space by using your fingertips on a keyboard is hard to ignore. Dancing With Myself navigates divisions — self/avatar, flat/3D, real/perceived.

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Dancing With Myself, 2009three projector, hybrid reality interactive, immersive and performative installation

In Dancing With Myself my avatar, Nar Duell, has been scripted to perform a choreography. I respond to Nar Duell, attempting to create a duet with her, thereby inverting the person/avatar paradigm, as Nar Duell controls me. In real time performance she moves in an immersive environment projected onto three walls. Her world is expansive and infinite. The real world space where I respond and dance is boxed in and confined, once again reversing the usual view of space through a computer screen.

Dancing with Myself finds expression through choreographic interaction for the narcissistic relationship that people often develop with the portraits they create or commission of themselves, whether as static photographs or scripted avatars. The creation and relationship to one’s avatar portrait in virtual worlds is all encompassing. People lavish time and money in order to represent themselves. But the disconnect from reality is unavoidable as one interacts with this virtual space. The physical distancing of flying through space by using your fingertips on a keyboard is hard to ignore. Dancing With Myself navigates divisions — self/avatar, flat/3D, real/perceived.

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