Objects of virtual desire
This project explores the value of immaterial production in a virtual world, and if and how this can be transferred into an economy of material production.
We have collected a series of immaterial objects produced and owned by inhabitants in the online world Second Life. The objects have been chosen based on their sentimental value for the avatar (a person’s virtual identity) who made or owned them. Copies of these objects were acquired, along with their owner’s personal story.
Three of these objects have been reproduced in physical form. They were exhibited at Bergen Kunstall in 2005 and at Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, in 2008, together with interviews with the original (avatar) owners. Further material reproductions are offered on demand.
Objects of Virtual Desire: Cubey Terra’s Penguin Balls, installation view, Bergen Kunsthall, 2005
Objects of Virtual Desire: Jade Lily’s <3> choker, installation view, Bergen Kunsthall, 2005
Objects of Virtual Desire: Gia Eldritch’s Love Orb, installation view, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, 2008
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