Between 2002 and 2007, Avatar Body Collision created and performed 10 cyberformances (live online performances), as well as participating in the[abc]experiment during 2001-02, where their collaboration began. In 2012, they briefly reformed for a back-by-popular-demand performance of Come and Go at the 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance
Documentation of these shows is available here.
Having never performed an existing script before, the Colliders thought it was time to give it a go, and chose Samuel Beckett's short play Come & Go.
Addressing power, ownership and modern slavery, Belonging premiered at the HTMlles festival in Montreal, on 17 October 2007, accessible to audiences at the festival and online, and was performed again on 7th of December 2007, 7PM GMT as part of the Intimacy seminar in Goldsmiths, London and online.
Familiar Features was developed during our SCANZ residency, and was presented at Intimacy & Inyerface (Wellington) on 20 July 2006 and at the Dunedin Fringe Festival, October 7 2006, as part of the Blue Oyster Gallery performance art series.
The work is inspired by the slogan, Take only photos, leave only footprints, from 1970s New Zealand tourism brochures, and explores notions of place, identity and tourism, and the ecological footprint of human existence.
Avatar Body Collision were invited to participate in SCANZ, a two-week new media workshop and residency in New Plymouth, New Zealand, 3-16 July 2006. This was to be the first ever real life meeting of the four globally dispersed Colliders - however things didn't go quite as smoothly as we planned! Read all about it on our blog of the journey: Trip the Light Fantastic! ...
Investigations into Distributed Practices of Goddess Worship in Extreme Internet Cultures.
Virtual Minds Congress, Bremen, Germany, 12 March 2004
Three of the Colliders colluded with Bea Gibson in the Furtherfield Visitors' Studio for the Dissension Convention, in conjunction with Postmasters Gallery, NYC, on Tuesday 31 August. The Dissension Convention was four days of live online audio-visual jamming as part of the artistic protests against the USA Republican party's national convention.
Avatar Body Collision joined the Lysistrata Project, an international theatrical protest against war.Four performances were given over a 12 hour period on March 3-4 2003, online, in the Palace.
A collage of immersive images, splashy flirtations, wet moments and deep encounters between fleshy cyber bodies that delves into the possibilities and problems of intimacy without physical proximity.
Premiered at Medi@terra (Athens, December 2002) and presented at ANET Festival (Belgrade, Dec 2002) Magdalena Australia (Brisbane, April 2003), City of Women Festival (Ljubljana, October 2003), /ect (Belgrade, July 2004) and BATS Theatre (Wellington, 2005).
A comic book techno-noir, presented at the 12-12 Time-based Media Festival, Cardiff, Wales, 18 May 2002 and at "Roehampton at Riverside", Riverside Studios, London, 21 May 2002.
A research project into the meeting points of cyberformance and theatre, and the event from which Avatar Body Collision was born. Presented at the 2002 New Zealand Fringe Festival, BATS Theatre, Wellington, 15-16 February 2002.