Device #1: A Wearable Garden is the first in a series of three planned wearable devices for performance in Second Life (SL). These devices are intended to give myself and/or my representation a heightened/augmented sense of place.
Device #1 is primarily a visual prop for myself as viewer of my representation from a non first person point of view. It functions in much the same way as a flat used in theatre, providing a background and context to the presented content. Here the background is worn by my representation and so moves, clumsily, with my representation through the 'virtual' space. The imagery, a live video feed from my garden in Cardiff, Wales, 'real' life, is static while my representation moves. Seen in relation to the environment of SL, computer graphics overlaid with a graphical user interface and framed within a windowing operating system, it is the video feed which becomes more unreal, representative, virtualised and affirms the visual identity of the place we would normally call 'virtual'.
All footage and imagery shot at HUMlab Island, Second Life and in my garden in Cardiff, Wales.
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