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Audience & Avatar

October 24 – December 13, 2008
USFCAM East Gallery

Audience & Avatar brings together an international group of artists who explore diverse ways in which videogames, game culture, technology and psychology influence participation and representation of the viewer in art. The exhibition includes a wide range of media—digital painting, digital photography, photography, video, custom self-running games, and sculpture—exploring the tension between virtual space and real space, between game space and art space. Artists include: John Paul Bichard, Damiano Colacito, Jon Haddock, Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG), Eddo Stern and Phillip Toledano.

Audience & Avatar is made possible by the Members and Corporate Partners of the USF Institute for Research in Art, with support from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Board of County Commissioners. The USF Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs. The Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Audience & Avatar also includes Modifications, with new work by Brody Condon, in the West Gallery.

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Exhibition Catalogue -

John Paul Bichard
Damiano Colacito
Jon Haddock
Eva and Franco Mattes (a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG)
Eddo Stern
Phillip Toledano

Brain control headset for gamers
How do avatars have sex?
The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer
Poor earning virtual gaming gold
Virtual gamers reveal themselves
Woman arrested for killing virtual reality husband