iObject (Garifalakis 2.0) 2011

Georgie Roxby Smith

Georgie Roxby Smith

iObject (Garifalakis 2.0) 2011

Second Life performance, three SL Machinima videos

September 10 – 25

Opening Thursday 15 September 6pm -9pm 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne

iObject explores the Georgie Roxby Smith’s digital identity through the negation of self in a virtual world. By completely voiding her idealised self portrait avatar of all identifiable features and symbols of desire and ego, the artist challenges the position of identity in this hyper real world.

Roxby Smith’s avatar staged a number of sit ins as a three dimensional shadow in the consumer, social and sexual  constructions of Second Life – provoking reactions of scorn, threat and complete disregard by observing avatars. Silent in her commodified surroundings, the death of her virtual ego is underscored by the evocative sounds of a Buddhist chant – creating a blur between an act of holiness or menace.

Bio

Focusing on identity as a key provocation, Georgie Roxby Smith’s practice explores new possibilities of the use of virtual reality software in contemporary art through the extraction of “in world” performances into physical installations to create mixed reality events and happenings. Georgie is currently completing her Master of Fine Art (by Research) Art 2.0 – Identity, Role Play and Performance in Virtual Worlds at the Victorian College of the Arts.

In 2010, Georgie developed her multi disciplinary work ‘Reality Bytes’ at The Watermill Center Spring Residency Program and presented the work at Rearview Gallery in Melbourne Australia as well as exhibiting at several local galleries and public screens. Georgie was also part of Linden Centre for Contemporary Art Innovators Program 2010 and Melbourne International Arts Festival including ‘Navigators’ 2006 (for which she received the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Travel Grant), ‘John Cage’s Musicircus’ 2007 and, in 2008, contributed to ‘Longing Belonging Land’ on opening night and assisted artist Chris Doyle (US) with his ‘Ecstatic City’ installation. Roxby Smith’s recent awards and grants include the Australian Postgraduate Award, Creative Research Activity Grant, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Artstart, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and finalist for the inaugural Jane Scally Developing Artist Award 2010. She received a Bachelor of Media Arts from Deakin University in 2004.

iObject is projecting every night from dusk till late at Propaganda Window (Melbourne) from September 10

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