Avatar Pleasures shows avatars in a paradox, being also stuck in human online routines. The project reflects on how our relationships with each other are forced to migrate to the digital space and how avatars adopt our online human behavior. We take imperfection and failure as focal points. The avatars are not as beautiful and not as free as you thought they would be.
The year is 2020. We are stuck at home. The gap between online and offline communication has never been that thin before. This led us to explore and experiment with virtual environments and avatars:
Avatar Pleasures goes beyond the known image of an avatar as a technological alter ego or as a symbol of digital escapism. In this project avatars are put in paradox situations where they have to adopt human behavior. The inevitable exchange via digital platforms in times of social distancing changes us humans. Avatar Pleasures reflects the shift of relationships into the digital space in an entertaining and critical manner. That does not only mean address relationships but also the relationships and dependencies we developed with technology and ourselves online. We take imperfection and failure as focal points. The avatars are not as beautiful and not as free as you thought they would be.
- June 2020
- Theresa Binder
- Lena Michalik
- Danny Nedkova