[NetBehaviour] Second Front: "I Want to Eat Fish and Chips"

Patrick Lichty voyd at voyd.com
Mon Feb 4 00:56:19 CET 2008

Press Release
“I Want to Eat Fish and Chips”
Performed by Patrick Lichty/Yael Gilks/Gazira Babeli (Second Front)
Tate Modern/7th Floor
1 PM GMT, January 15th, 2008 (postdated)
Produced in cooperation with Furtherfield.org

In the spirit of artists like Elaine Tin Nyo, Rikrit Tiravaija, and the 
entire tradition of experience-based performance, Second Front is pleased to 
present “I Want to Eat Fish and Chips”.  This performance, commemorating the 
meeting in the UK of virtual performance artists Patrick Lichty (Man 
Michinaga) and Yael Gilks (Fau Ferdinand), took place on the 7th floor of 
the Tate Modern in London.  Fish and Chips is the penultimate British food, 
and during this time, Lichty, Second Front, and UK friends will experience 
this culinary treat in the center of UK contemporary art. Also, during this 
time, Gazira Babeli will join the party from Second Life, and enjoy virtual 
fish on sticks.

Due to short notice, enrollment was by invite only, and fees were merely 
those of the participant’s meal tab.

Gazira Babeli was born in SL on 31st March 2006. Second Life is a 3-D 
virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. It is totally based 
on the religion of Gadgets just as the world we consider as real... or 

Yael Gilks is an Israeli-born virtual performance artist who has been 
working in virtual worlds for nearly a decade.  For the past year, she has 
been part of the Second Life performance art group, Second Front, and has 
received a Second Prize in Virtual performance by theSecond Life community.

Patrick Lichty is a conceptual media artist, critic, and curator, who has 
shown internationally since 1990, and has been exhibited in venues including 
ZKM Karkruhe, Ars Electronica, Whitney & Venice Bienniales.

Second Front Second Front is the pioneering performance art group in the 
online avatar-based VR world, Second Life. Founded in 2006, Second Front 
quickly grew to its current 8 member troupe that includes Jeremy Owen Turner 
(Vancouver), Doug Jarvis (Victoria), Tanya Skuce (Vancouver), Gazira Babeli 
(Italy), Penny Leong Browne (Vancouver), Patrick Lichty (Chicago), Liz Solo 
(St. Johns) and Scott Kildall (San Francisco). Taking their influences from 
numerous sources, including Dada, Fluxus, Futurist Syntesi, the Situationist 
International and contemporary performance artists like Laurie Anderson and 
Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Second Front creates theatres of the absurd that 
challenge notions of virtual embodiment, online performance and the 
formation of virtual narrative. Created in 2006, they have already performed 
extensively, including in Vancouver, Chicago, New York, and has been 
featured in publications including SLate, Eikon, Realtime Arts (Australia), 
The Avastar (published by Axel-Springer, Germany) and most recently in 
Exibart (Italy).


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