Virtual Awkwardness is a performative multi-media project to be culminated with the support of #ossntu under the supervision of Prof. Randall Packer. Episodic media will be documented and disseminated online. In a live performance, the audio and visual materials will be digitally manipulated, alchemising an appropriated reality shared between the artist and the audience in the third space.
Since the inception of the internet as a tool for communication, albeit broadcast from one to many or many to one in the third space, it induces the spawn of multiple identities or personas and anonymity. Sharing parallels in space-time continuum, the presence of an individual, otherwise collective, has become existentially purposeful. On the other extreme of the spectrum, it is possibly meaningless. Part of our artistic objectives not only to embrace the binary opposite of which, but to also research that finds meaning in the meaningless. As that of transition from modern to post-modern, the conflict is highlighted and also simultaneously celebrated by the contemporary.
Here’s an idea: The contemporary art is one that prepare for the future, and Open Source Studio, contextualised as a virtual classroom, opens for infinite possibilities in artistic expression, facilitation, and liberation. The internet now as an object, and also an medium. While father of video art Nam June Paik’s implicated TV as an object, grandfather Randall Packer prophesies the future of new media art. In his research and propagations, the internet and proposed ‘third space’ not only question, but also revealed challenges with the third space as an object and medium, particularly here in every digital natives’ residencies. The internet and its culture is under scrutiny as an object. The internet is also transgressive as a medium in performance art.
Randall Packer defies conventions and holds discussions and presentations in virtuality via Adobe Connect. Subjects are quickly equipped with a heightened sense of reality and awareness of ourselves and the environment, dissectible in layers. But could we then be seen also as one? The avatars and alter egos romanticised the profane reality in which we live in. In the participation of this classroom exercise, not only does one engages intellectually, but also our mind and body in many different ways contrary to common beliefs. It is emotional and non-tactile, but nonetheless gestural.
In the establishment of the third space, experiences could lay on the borderline between intimacy and isolation. Somewhere in between when one could not decided with the other is a recipe for awkwardness. What is fundamentally existing in the real space has the quality of transference to the third space. With that, I would like to demystify the awkward behaviour of an individual to be consistent of rootedness, in spite of cultural differences — the singularity. Virtual awkwardness is hence an erected shrine to pay tribute in the sublime third space.
The origin of which begins from an honest observation of oneself, contemplative of the affect of an online presence and manipulations that predicative of a certain psyche and characterisation. It is dangerous and aggressive, yet vulnerable and sensitive altogether. Keeping the cookies in the jar, elaborative analysis and suggestions would concurrently be performed in a collaborative act with Mike Tan (http://unpartitioned.net/), a bred visual communicator turned mixed media collector, who dabbles in big data and small polemic.