SEEING THE SEEN
Garrett Lynch

production by Garrett Lynch
Ireland, 2011
time: 5' 26''

SYNOPSIS
Seeing the Seen is an automated performance which took place as part of the artists Yoshikaze “Up-in-the-air” Second Life Residency in 2010 – 2011. The residency continued the artist's ongoing exploration of identity within Second Life however now connected that with its relation to or the representation of ‘real’ place. As such emphasis was for the duration of the residency focused particularly on the specifics of place and how it can inform/influence identity. How does place, our ‘real’ location and our ability to simultaneously represent ourselves within a ‘virtual’ world, define what becomes a new facet of our total identity? How can a singular dispersed identity (as opposed to a dualistic identity) enhance our cumulative experience of both ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ places? Seeing the Seen employed a constructed spherical set. My representation (my avatar in Second Life) and its gaze is moved randomly by a keying application to explore the space; panning, tilting, zooming etc. through it. The resulting vision of my representation, a video feed, is fed to the interior of the sphere allowing my representation to see its own sight in feedback with a slight delay.

BIOGRAPHY
Garrett Lynch is an artist, lecturer, curator and theorist.  His work addresses networks (in their most open sense) within artistic contexts; the spaces between artist, artworks and audience as a means, site and context for artistic initiation, creation and discourse.  Garrett’s practice spans online art, installation, performance and writing.

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