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NMC Session: Creative Identity Play

Yesterday I presented my session about avatars and identity play in Second Life. It was more of a workshop than a presentation, and there were some wonderfully fascinating stories people shared about their avatars: why they created them and crafted them the way they did; what decisions they made about identity markers to include; how [...]

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My NMC Symposium on “Creativity in Second Life” Presentations Next Week

Next week the NMC is running an entire weeks symposium on “Creativity in Second Life” There are a number of strands: Machinima, Fashion, Sculpture and Modeling, Virtual Photography, and Teaching Environments, social / arts events, and lots of practical and interactive sessions. I am involved in three sessions, all at (sort of) Australian friendly times. [...]

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I’m in Vogue!

The May edition of Australian Vogue Magazine, that is… See the front cover headline there “Is your life better online?” – that’s the byline for an article called A Life Less Ordinary written by Cathrin Schaer. I don’t have permission to reproduce the article, but it begins thus: Imagine being given licence to completely reinvent [...]

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Romanticism and Second Life Fashion

Having an avatar has made me much more aware of fashion, the fashioned body, and the relationship between fashion and identity. I think spaces like Second Life where the customisation of the avatar is a constant fascination (which drives the thriving fashion industry) prompt us to become more reflective about fashion and the body as [...]

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Playful Crossings Between Reality and Fantasy

There are so many examples now where pop culture – as exemplified by fiction, fantasy, play and fun – are being incorporated into mainstream and real events or texts. We seem to be undergoing a change in attitude towards pop culture, where fiction, fantasy, play or parody operate within and for truth and reality. The [...]

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CKin2u: Calvin Klein’s New Fragrance for Technosexuals

“She likes how he blogs, her texts turn him on. It’s intense. For right now.” It seems Calvin Klein has hit on a trendy new way of marketing fragrance to target “the hip 20-somethings of the MySpace generation”. According the the Sydney Morning Herald, “We have envisioned this as the first fragrance for the technosexual [...]

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The Semiotics of Perfume

At a talk I went to once about semiotics I heard Theo van Leeuwen talking about the semiotics of perfume. Ever since then I’ve been checking out the “notes” of perfumes trying to develop a nose better than any connoisseur of wine. Today after work I dropped by the Beauty department in Chanel (secretly hunting [...]

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Fashion and Identity

There’s a fabulous line early on in The Devil Wears Prada: “Fashion is not about utility. An accessory is merely a piece of iconography used to express individual identity.”  I’ve been thinking of analysing this film (along with the TV series “Desperate Housewives”) to add to some workI did in 2005 – “Discourses of Desire [...]

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