I am constantly working within the constraints of virtual environments, ranging from Second Life to video game spaces like Overwatch, Minecraft, Dark Souls, etc… Each one of these feels like a sort of travel where I am following the local rules. There was a time where places like these seemed truly separate—the idea of digital dualism seemed to be real—but today places like these seem much more familiar and tangible, and not so different than the waking physical world. If anything, as users are augmenting their perception and interfacing with their devices, physical environments are becoming more like virtual ones.
LaTurbo Avedon is an avatar and artist originating in virtual space whose work explores nonphysical identity and authorship. Avedon also curates and designs Panther Modern, a file-based exhibition space that encourages artists to create site-specific installations for the internet. LaTurbo’s work has been exhibited at TRANSFER Gallery (New York), Transmediale (Berlin), Haus der elektronischen Künste (Basel), The Whitney Museum (New York), HMVK (Dortmund), Barbican Center (London), and Galeries Lafayette (Paris). Here, Avedon discusses the benefits of exploring multiple online identities, the empowerment that comes from staying calm, and the process of sculpting a life and legacy as a virtual person.