[NetBehaviour] Avatar as Prosthesis

Gretta Louw gretta.elise.louw at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 10:21:59 CEST 2015

Hi everyone,

I am beginning a new body of work called ‘Avatar as Prosthesis’, looking at the ways in which avatars - both in virtual reality and, potentially, more broadly in the sense of just our appearance online, via social media etc - function as prosthesis for real or perceived shortcomings/disabilities in offline life. I am drawing a link between neuropsychological research into the adaptability of the brain/psyche to prosthetic limbs (rubber and robotic hands especially) and the connection that we can feel with pixels on a screen. 

I don’t want to overload your inboxes with too much detail here, but would love to hear from any of you who might be interested in discussing this topic with me. And especially, I would be very grateful for any suggestions of artists or art projects that you know of which work with the theme of disability in the context of avatars/ virtual reality. Also, if anyone happens to have friends or contacts in their circles who are both involved with Second Life and have some form of disability, I would love to get in touch! 

My contacts: gretta at grettalouw.com <mailto:gretta at grettalouw.com> / @GrettaLouw

Thank you!


grettalouw.com <http://www.grettalouw.com/>twitter <https://twitter.com/GrettaLouw> - tumblr <http://controllingconnectivity.tumblr.com/> - vimeo <https://vimeo.com/user7570190> 


New web-based project: GIF Portrait is a limited edition series of 20 digital art portraits on a commission basis. http://www.gifportrait.net/ <http://www.gifportrait.net/>
1984, Papierfabrik, Dachau, Germany, August-September 2015
Recent review by the Süddeutsche Zeitung of my installation in the KVD exhibition in Dachau: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/dachau/dachau-gefangen-im-weltweiten-netz-1.2618335 <http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/dachau/dachau-gefangen-im-weltweiten-netz-1.2618335>
Homo Faber, ARTour - Transnumeriques Awards 2015, Centre de la gravure et de l’image animee, La Louviere, Blegium
Works / Arbeiten 2011-2014, new catalogue of works currently available, Einraumhaus Verlag

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