Thursday, January 31, 2008

Reject Room

This is Anthony Brenton reading from his new chapbook 'Daybreak Saint City' at the grand opening of 'The Reject Room' in St.John's, Newfoundland, CANADA and SECOND LIFE. Photo taken by J.E.N.Skywalker. 25/01/08.

Anthony Brenton cooling his throat post reading. Moment captured by Steve Abbott. 25/01/08

Here is Liz Solo reading from her work 'REVENGE' at the 'The Reject Room' in St.John's, Newfoundland, CANADA and SECOND LIFE. Photo taken by J.E.N.Skywalker. 25/01/08

Live From the Reject Room was co-presented of the I Am Coop Project and Roles 4 Women.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Avatoir Abattoir

Here are some images from a work in progress. Building taking place at the I AM COOP space on Odyssey Island.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Liz Solo Virtual Release

Liz Solo released her new CD "alien" into virtual space on Saturday January 26th. She also presented a live show simultaneously at the Ship Pub in St. John's with special guests Mike Kean, Steve Abbott, Alex Pierson, Sam Hall, The Pathological Lovers and the Black Bags.

The show was audio cast live from the Ship to DEsign Island by our friend Thenext Babenco. We had lots lots of technical issues at the RL venue and it was only due to the generosity and patience of those at DEsign Island that the show got up and running in Second Life. The live audience had a great time interacting with the virtual audience (projected onto the stage) and vice versa. Video and audio from this event coming soon.

To find out more about Liz Solo's recording please visit Liz Solo online

Our First Presentation

We presented our first live events last weekend as part of the I AM CO-OP Project. On Friday January 25, despite a blizzard here in St. John's, we went ahead presented Liz Solo and Anthony Brenton live at the Reject Room. Special thanks to the intrepid audience members who came out in the extreme weather!

The Reject Room is a small experimental presentation space maintained by the artists of the IAC/RCR. The Reject Room has also been created in Second Life at our space on Odyssey Island and we had lots of audience in virtual space as well.

The event was captured via webcam and streamed live from the RL Reject Room to the SL Reject Room. The SL space was projected onto the wall behind the reader in RL. Audiences in each space could see into the other space. All were there to hear new prose, poetry and fiction and to celebrate the launch of Anthony's new chapbook "Daybreak Saint City", from Trainwreck Press.

The live audio video stream was not an easy feat and was made possible because of great support from Eifachfilm who gave hours of time to help set up the stream - all the way from Switzerland. Many of the things we are attempting are new to us and the support of other artists in Second Life has been amazing. Thanks Eifachfilm!!!
More documentation from this event coming soon from Jen Skywalker.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Welcome to I AM COOP

Greetings and welcome to I AM CO-OP.

We are currently engaged in the Virtual I AM CO-OP Project - a collaboration between the Independent Artists Cooperative and Rock Can Roll Media Collective. Both IAC and RCR are artist-run Newfoundland based collectives comprised of artists working across disciplines.

The Virtual I AM COOP Project is focused on experimenting with the creation, presentation and interaction potentials available to artists in virtual spaces. Currently we are working in the virtual worlds of Second Life on Odyssey Island. Odyssey Island is a simulator that provides space, services and support to artists working in SL. It is a great place to be. Visit us anytime at SLURL Odyssey (10, 202, 24), or search I AM COOP. Thanks to Sugar Seville and Odyssey for all their support with this project.

Currently playing on our screens is the short documentary "Rock School for Girls". This workshop series for girls and women of all ages was created by Cherie Pyne, Rhiannon Thomas and Liz Pickguard in 2004, as was the video. This video documents the first "Rock School for Girls", a creative workshop series hosted by the Independent Artists Cooperative in collaboration with terminus 1525 and the girls independent rock league (g.i.r.l.). we will be changing our hosted video every week so do drop in and check them all out. next week - documentation from our first live presentations.