For the inspiration for this Friday’s Challenge we turn to “The Grandmother of Performance Art,” Marina Abramovic, and her 2 July 1975 performance Role Exchange at the De Appel Gallery, and the Red Light District, both in Amsterdam.
I find a woman who has worked as a professional prostitute for 10 years.
At this point I have also worked as an artist for 10 years.
I propose to exchange roles.
The woman replaces me at my opening at the De Appel Gallery in Amsterdam.
At the same time I sit in her place in a window of the red light district in Amsterdam.
We both take total responsibility for our roles.
Duration: 4 hours
De Appel Gallery & Red Light District, Amsterdam.
Your Mission, Avatar
Good morning, avatar. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to perform your own Role Exchange in cyberspace. I can think of a few ways to do this, and no doubt, some of you will think of still others. I’ll call my ideas Intra-World, Inter-World, Inner-Self, and Inter-Personal.
Pick someone in your world. If you like to look at art and they like to go dancing, trade places for a night. You go dance and let them look at art. It’d be nice to actually trade with someone, but if you can’t arrange that, don’t let that stop you. You can always do it as a thought performance where you consider the other person and then take on their role, I Vanessa normally to go art openings. Arthurine is a Gorean slave. So I’ll try to experience her life for a night.
Instead of a role exchange with someone in the same world, pick someone in a different world. Vanessa likes to shop for new clothes in SL and assemble new outfits. Ironyca likes to kill Young Thistle Boars in WoW. They trade places for a night.
If you can find a friend to do this with, a real friend that will trade roles with you, or even the 1-sided version where you use someone as the model for your alt experience, that’s pretty great. But you can also, within your own avatar, try an alt identity. Gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ableness, body image, religion, politics, are all dimensions of persona that you could change from your normal for your Role Exchange Night Out.
This version won’t be for most people, but if you have someone that you know well, and trust, you could give each other your user names & passwords, and pilot each other’s avatars for a night. This brings up various security, trust, and ethical issues, but it’s also a pretty interesting, and unique experience.
Many of you love creating photographs and if you want to use this as an invitation to produce an image, that’s great. But you could also think about this not so much as producing a specific image, but as having an immersed experience, and then simply snapping 1 or more pix as documentation of that experience. You can post images and any thoughts you’d like to write up on your Blog, Flickr, etc.
At the always insightful Strawberry Singh’s suggestion, I’ve created a Flickr Group for our Friday Artist Challenges. Be sure to post the URL for your Blog/Flickr/etc in the comments below, and if you like, you can also add your pix to our Flickr group:
As always, should you or your doppelganger be caught or captured, the Community Manager will disavow any knowledge of Friday Artist Challenge #2: Marina Abramovic: Role Reversal.
Good luck Avatar,