Interactive Futures - 2007

Interactive Futures 2007 ( November 15 - 17 ) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Second Front

Avatar performance art group in Second Life

Members of Second Front (Doug Jarvis, Jeremy Turner, Penny Leong Browne, Tanya Skuce) will present a 45 minute overview of the groups activities demonstrating the technical and performative aspects of the collaboration. We will highlight the challenges of working in an online environment from multiple geographic locations, the conceptual development process that goes into planning each performance, and some of our personal anecdotes to performing as avatars in this context. We will perform inworld during the presentation to facilitate the participation of the other members not in Victoria during the presentation.

Members of Second Front have presented at conferences and symposiums over the last 6 months in Second Life and other locations around North America and Europe. Upcoming presentations include a summer workshop at Interaccess in Toronto where two members of the group will be present in person and other members will be participating via their avatars online.

Please reference our group blog for video clips, photos and other information regarding our performances. We are currently developing a DVD of our performance videos that will be available at the time of the presentation.


Second Front is the pioneering performance art group in the online avatar based VR world, Second Life. Founded in 2006, Second Front quickly grew to its current 8 member troupe that includes Jeremy Owen Turner (Vancouver), Doug Jarvis (Victoria), Tanya Skuce (Vancouver), Gazira Babeli (Italy), Penny Leong Browne (Vancouver), Patrick Lichty (Chicago), Liz Solo (St. Johns) and Scott Kildall (San Francisco). Taking their influences from numerous sources, including Dada, Fluxus, Futurist Syntesi, the Situationist International and contemporary performance artists like Laurie Anderson and Guillermo Gomez Pena, Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the formation of virtual narrative. Created in 2006, they have already performed extensively, including in Vancouver, Chicago, New York, and has been featured in publications including SLate, Eikon, Realtime Arts (Australia), The Avastar (published by Axel-Springer, Germany) and most recently in Exibart (Italy).

Links & Avatars

Wirxli Flimflam - a.k.a. Jeremy O. Turner - Vancouver, BC, Canada:

Aliselborg Zhaoying - a.k.a. Penny Leong Browne - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Man Michinaga - a.k.a. Patrick Lichty - Chicago, Illinois, United States:

Tea Chenille - a.k.a. Tanya Skuce - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Great Escape - a.k.a. Scott Kildall - San Francisco, California, United States:

Lizsolo Mathilde - a.k.a. Liz Solo - St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada:

Tran Spire - a.k.a. Doug Jarvis - Victoria, BC, Canada:

Gazira Babeli - identity classified - Milan, Italy:




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