Thursday, December 4, 2008

Evo Szuyuan's video document of Adam Ramona's immersive installation "17 Unsung Songs"

Posted by Bettina Tizzy

A hermit by his own admission, Australian Adam Ramona (aka Adam Nash) makes translucent jeweled sculptures in virtual environments that interact with and whisper to their visitors, and sometimes even sing to them. The tunes are generally mellifluous, but occasionally they are sad or downright chilling. Some of his interactive mixed reality pieces occupy and depend on both Real and virtual spaces to fully blossom, such as Babelswarm, which he co-created with Mashup Islander and Justin Clemens and produced with a $20,000 (Aus Dollars) grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Adam has had me waiting with baited breath for months now to share a gorgeous new installation of his - and a favorite of mine - but in the meantime, I was happy to learn today that videographer and editer Evo Szuyuan (aka Brigit Lichtenegger) has created a machinima in which she has documented his Seventeen Unsung Songs, a sprawling installation curated by Sugar Seville that has endured for over a year on the East of Odyssey sim in Second Life®.

Here are parts 1 and 2 of Evo's video: 17 Unsung Songs, featuring cameo roles by a number of well-known Second Life artists and presented separately because of YouTube length limitations. The video was shown at the premiere of Queensland’s National New Media Art Award Exhibition.

You can still visit Seventeen Unsung Songs by teleporting directly from here.