1. 5+5 =...........


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    I was delighted when Giovanna Cerise invited me to contribute to her "... give the numbers!" project since it gave me one more chance to play with one of my favorite topics - the visualization of text, however in orthodox ways that put emphasis not on semantic meaning but the opposite. I wish to make textual systems that stand as visual artifacts in their own right, to be read/unread in ways that go beyond the search for meaning. In "5555555 55555 555" the number 5 has replaced all the glyphs of the Lorem Ipsum text. What you see looks like a text, complete with headlines, sub-heads and a body text. What you read however are only combinations of the glyph 5 made to look like words and sentences. Through the glyph 5 I invite you to construct your own meaning, to look at text as a playful device instead of the conveyor of "serious information" that we normally consider it to be. Alpha Auer is one of the metaverse avatars of Elif Ayiter, who is a designer, researcher and educator, as well as the editor in chief of Metaverse Creativity, a peer reviewed academic journal with Intellect Publishers in the UK, teaching at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. Alpha is the CEO of the SL fashion store alpha.tribe and has participated in several SL exhibits, such as "SychroniCity," curated by Marc Moana in 2011, "Topophonia: 4 Realizations in Sound," curated by Oberon Onmura in 2013, and "Moving Islands," curated by Eupalinos Ugajin. Together with MosMax Hax and Selavy Oh she has co-authored the" LPDT2/3" series of sim wide installations that were based upon Roy Ascott's concept of distributed authorship and La Plissure du Texte. Both LPDT2, as well as LPDT3 have been exhibited at international, juried art exhibitions such as ISEA2011, and at the 2010 multimedia festival at Tomorrow City, Incheon, Korea in 2010. A further SL work entitled "Tower of Heteronyms" was exhibited in RL at the 17th Biennial de Cerveira in Porto, Portugal in 2013. http://www.citrinitas.com/ http://www.alphaauer.com/ http://alphatribe.tumblr.com/ Nicole X is a 10

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    • "LRRH-The other side of the story" @The Companion. 17th of February 2013


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      Slideshow with Pics by w♠oz (Wizardoz Chrome) from : "LRRH-The other side of the story" (Based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood) . From the invitation to the Event on Facebook : "She was born among farmers and raised in the Sun King's chamber. She survived the brutality of the Baroque and Victorian times puritanism. Romanticism modified her into a cute little child and since then she has remained in the childhood. Many have wanted to see her as an adult." **Alpha Auer (in collaboration with Alpho Fullstop), Cherry Manga and Soror Nishi will tell the other side of the story through detailed installations and landscaping." Opens 17th of February, noon SLT, and lasts until 15th of April. Location: The Companion http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Companion/118/7/340 The project is curated by the storyteller Heidi Dahlsveen / Mimesis Monday. ** Soundtrack from Youtube : Brian Eno , I Dormienti .

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      • Listen ... by Alpha Auer


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        Alpha Auer's "Listen ..." realised for Oberon Onmura's project during Yoshikaze "up-in-the-air" residency "TOPOPHONIA: Four Realizations in Sound." More info: http://yoshikaze.blogspot.se/2013/02/oberon-16-artist-statement.html

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        • Elif Ayiter ISType 2012, June 15


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          PLAY, SPACE AND TEXT This talk focused upon the usage of typography and text as playful constituents which are devised to engender oblique communications that are meant to be 'felt' rather than 'read', and which are used as tools of expression within the presenter's own creative practice in online three dimensional worlds — also known as the metaverse. Rather than approach type as the primary device of graphic communication that it is traditionally held to be, the presenter deviates into investigations which examine the de-constructive properties of typography brought about through the three dimensional nature of the viewing environment in which the interaction occurs. A second usage of text engaged upon by the presenter is as an element that replaces the visual signifier in its entirety; as a representational contrivance whereby objects are ‘read as what they are’. These two approaches will be discussed and exemplified through the presentation of a visual documentation consisting of videos and images.

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          • Res Ipsa Loquitur


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            In the common law of negligence, the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur (Latin for "the thing speaks for itself") states that the elements of duty of care and breach can be sometimes inferred from the very nature of an accident or other outcome, even without direct evidence of how any defendant behaved. I am being hugely cheeky by appropriating this term (vastly out of its original context, I hasten to add!) in order to describe one of my favorite play activities which involves text that creates representations which tell us what they are meant to symbolize - be it objects or concepts. I use type in motion, brought about either through animated textures or virtual physics or through particle scripts, to signify "things," "states," and "emotions." One of these textual playgrounds is my SL island alpha.tribe. This video shows my typographic toys on the island. "My funny Valentine" is performed by Sam Masghati. Many thanks!

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            • Uranometria


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              Uranometria was built for the SynchroniCity art festival which was curated by Marc Moana, aka. Marc Blieux, at Aire Ville Spatiale in Second Life in Spring 2011. The construct brings together two things: Excerpts from Carl Jung’s introduction to Richard Wilhelm’s translation of the I Ching, and the astronomical maps from Johan Bayer’s Uranometria; which is the first Western celestial atlas, created in 1603. Although the Age of the Enlightenment was still centuries away, I think that Uranometria is an early harbinger of it, presaging a mindset which is grounded in causality and reason. And then I am also thinking of the whole nature of western astrology with its mechanistic, clockwork universe in which the rigidly structured/predetermined sojourn of the planets chart out seemingly immutable patterns of influence upon human life... Which is so very different from the fluid, ever changing universe of the I Ching which caused Jung to coin the term “synchronicity.” Thus, my avatar selves are dressed up as Uranometric zodiac signs, held captive by their star bound fate which is represented by the similarly attired and caged humanoid objects that revolve around them. In their vicinity however Jung’s words float freely, tossed hither and tither by virtual winds...

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              • The Avatar of the Uncanny Valley


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                The Uncanny Valley is a hypothesis which originates from robotics that was first articulated by Masahiro Mori in 1970: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley When I came across Mori’s findings and especially as I continued to read further upon the Uncanny Valley the idea to use the concept as the basis for a process based creative work in which I would observe and write about the psychic changes which were wrought within me by changing Alpha's appearance took hold and I worked on the idea for one month in SL, June 2008. Very important to mention is that all the avatars that I wore for this were made by others. The individual credits are here inside the images as tags: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alpha_auer/sets/72157605718766594/

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                • Roy Ascott's LPDT2: Telematic Embrace


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                  1 November 2010 Virtual Art filmed in Second Life® at Angewandte Dialogue pleated by Mab MacMoragh from Roy Ascott's visionary 1990 essay 'Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?' (Please pause if video runs too fast to read) Second in a series; the first can be seen here along with more info: http://vimeo.com/14690122 LPDT2: Roy Ascott Programming and Architecture: Selavy Oh Architecture and Terrain: MosMax Hax (Max Moswitzer) Avatars and Soundscape: Alpha Auer, Alpho Fullstop and alpha.tribe (Elif Ayiter) Avatar Animations: Frigg Ragu (Heidi Dahlsveen) i-DAT: University of Plymouth, UK Simulator Host: University of Applied Fine Arts, Vienna LPDT2 was projected to Real Life throughout September 2010 in Incheon, South Korea during the Incheon International Digital Art Festival (INDAF) 2010 in Tomorrow City, Songdo. 'LPDT2 : The Second Life of La Plissure du Texte' is the Second Life® incarnation of Roy Ascott's groundbreaking new media art work La Plissure du Texte ('The Pleating of the Text'), created in 1983 and exhibited at the Musee de l'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The title of the project, 'La Plissure du Texte: A Planetary Fairy Tale,' alludes to Roland Barthes's book 'Le Plaiser du Texte', a famous discourse on authorship, semantic layering, and the creative role of the reader as the writer of the text. As was also the case in its first incarnation 'distributed authorship', a term coined by Ascott, has been the primary subject of investigation of LPDT2. Read more here- text by Alpha Auer (Elif Ayiter): lpdt2.tumblr.com/​post/​977605069/​about-lpdt2

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                  • Metaverse Papers #1


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                    Metaverse papers is a virtual paper session delivered in a standalone virtual world by avatars whose presence is augmented by the voices of their handlers. The project is a part of ISEA2011: http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/ The session was filmed at New Genres Grid: http://newgenresgrid.blogspot.com/ A tutorial blog for some of the presenters who were novices of online virtual worlds can be viewed here: http://metaversetutorials.blogspot.com/ The paper given in this video is entitled "Synthetic Physics: Ideas for New Worlds", and has been authored by Stefan Glasauer (who is no stranger to online virtual worlds, I should add... ;-).

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                    • Metaverse Papers #2


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                      Metaverse papers is a virtual paper session delivered in a standalone virtual world by avatars whose presence is augmented by the voices of their handlers. The project is a part of ISEA2011: http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/ The session was filmed at New Genres Grid: http://newgenresgrid.blogspot.com/ A tutorial blog for some of the presenters who were novices of online virtual worlds can be viewed here: http://metaversetutorials.blogspot.com/ The paper given in this video is entitled "Archipelagos of Art", and has been authored by Peter Hagerty who, as avatar Arklo Galicia, is a long time Resident of online virtual worlds.

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