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Ars Virtua is pleased to announce _Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1_ by Mary-Anne (Mez) Breeze. Mez has initiated this work as part of her ongoing interrogation of the space, place and language of synthetic worlds.
This text brings Mez’ prodigious talents and experience to bear on several fundamental issues relating to the nature of game and social space:
“_Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1_ explores concepts that shape and are shaped by an extensive range of online/synthetic encounters. These concepts are formed through principles generated internally within specific online environments. These environments include – among others – Massively Multiplayer Online Environments [World of Warcraft, EVE Online, Second Life], Social Networking Platforms [Twitter, Facebook, OpenSocial], Social Gaming [Passively Multiplayer Online Game, Parallel Kingdom] and Alternative Reality Games [I Love Bees, Perplex_City, Year Zero]. Entries will dissect post-geophysically defined notions of reality through a mixture of:
* Platform-specific case studies.
* Analysis of contextual behaviour sets.
* Construction of theoretical projections derived via synthetic, mixed and augmented formats.”
Mez is a Futurist who has had a sustained presence in synthetic realities for over two decades. She is also an established net artist and game theorist who practices _Poetic Game Interventions_ [the creative manipulation of MMO parameters in order to disrupt or comment on various aspects of augmented states]. She is a widely exhibited, award winning artist and we are extremely fortunate to be able to present her work here and enjoy her company as a member of our guild.
Ars Virtua is a New Media Center and Gallery located in the synthetic world of Second Life, World of Warcraft and the World Wide Web. It is a new type of space that leverages the tension between 3-D rendered game space and terrestrial reality, between simulated and simulation. The Ars Virtua Foundation is a locus of research around the issues of reality within simulated environments.
Ars Virtua is sponsored by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media.
The Ars Virtua Foundation is a platform for investigations and a facilitator of art and sustainable practices within synthetic worlds.
It is a locus and center for thought on these subjects and serves a generative function for research topics and the enabling of research.
AVF represents the guiding force behind the AV Gallery and NMC.
The Ars Virtua Foundation (AVF) is in the process of applying for non-profit status in the state of California.¬† This creates an entity that is independent of its founders and capable of sustaining it’s activities.¬† The board of directors is made up of artists, educators, gallery owners, and organizers.