Rooted in Friendship
I have been stunned and humbled by the originality of Second Lifers’ ideas and their execution in CapCat Ragu and Meilo Minotaur’s Meta_Body project as part of the All My Independent Women exhibition.
CapCat and Meilor have been generous in creating a set of avatars at no cost and with full permissions for anyone to use the original content to bring to life their own images and stories.
This is my second dip in the water (almost literally on the screen) with the ‘Aqua’ avatar. The human-looking roots emerging from the water at Delicatessen reminded me of the similar but differing shape of virtual but real friendships.
How do you feel in real life when a friend is given a promotion at work and outranks you, even though you think you work harder? Does it differ in the virtual world when your blogging friend is given outfits for reviewing when you think secretly that your work is better? Do you react with genuine wishes, concealed backstabbing or do you work to make your own life even better? Are the real-life and online ‘you’ the same person or is one an escape or opportunity to change the other?
Our perceptions, feelings and reactions in both worlds mingle and can enhance our lives or perpetuate negativity depending on what we bring and give. In this way the breathing and pixelated worlds do not differ — the real is the meta of the unreal.
Avatar: Meta_Body ‘Aqua’ by CapCat Ragu and Meilo Minotaur
Pose: Agapee ‘Free Pose 74 Sit’
Windlight: London 2050