Up until now, my simulations have been somewhat solitary — single-player worlds where I am rendering everything. Now, these three virtual friends of mine have emerged that will operate as reflections of the public and those who interface with my work.
There is so much depth to character creation beyond the PFP [Profile Picture], and I really can’t wait to see how things change as people learn to create the virtual self exactly as they wish to exist.
I hope this experience creates alternatives to the ways people envision avatars, not just as singular personal expressions, but as shared reflections of choices with others who value the concept. The lives of these avatars will reflect the people of their time, and I can’t wait to see what that looks like.
PFPs are avatars, but more an act of faceshopping than character creation.
LaTurbo Avedon is an avatar and artist whose work emphasizes the practice of non-physical identity and authorship. They also curate and design Panther Modern, a file-based exhibition space that encourages artists to create site-specific installations for the Internet. Their work has appeared internationally, including at MAK, Vienna; Barbican Centre, London; Manchester International Festival; Galeries Lafayette, Paris; HEK, Basel; Transmediale, Berlin; HMKV, Dortmund; TRANSFER Gallery, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Jess Conatser is a self-taught, independent digital and mixed reality art curator focused on community building through public and private art initiatives and artist-first cultural programs. She is the Founder of Studio As We Are, a curatorial studio that works to cultivate, support, and advance voices in crypto and new media art. She has also worked as Chief Curator at CADAF, is the Co-Creator and Director for Digital Art Month, and is a contributing curator for Infinite Objects.