Saturday, May 11, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: ART: Artist statement [MFA Thesis] (Filmed in Second Life)

Artist statement [MFA Thesis] 
(Filmed in Second Life) #VWEDU:

Artist Erik Mondrian presents his Master of Fine Arts Thesis for California Institute of the Arts. The work was done in the virtual world of Second Life.

Filmed in Second Life, with all of the clips and screenshots pulled from the previous ten videos in my MFA Thesis playlist (, this "artist statement" concludes—and revisits—a series in which I combine vocal recordings I made of my writing with footage I shot of various virtual places; together these videos form my final thesis project at the California Institute of the Arts for an Interschool MFA in VoiceArts & Creative Writing, with a concentration in Integrated Media. Many thanks to the incredible creators of the locations where I filmed—identified in each video's description and in this video's onscreen closing credits—and thanks as well to Tornleaf (, who created the little fox avatar that is (very intentionally) the only sign of avatar-based life in the entire series. Last but not least, thank you to all of the untold Residents, past and present, who make Second Life what it is: a vast, virtual canvas; a collection of digitized dreams; an imaginary world that I continue to eagerly explore and discover, even after almost fourteen years here. * * * Made on Linux with Audacity, OBS Studio, the Firestorm Viewer, Kdenlive, GIMP, and Avidemux. Filmed using a SpaceNavigator 3D Mouse; audio recorded using a Shure BETA 58A dynamic vocal mic and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface.

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