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SecondLife Story 01: 来自囚犯的艺术 Prison Art Project, US

[ 2007-03-29 03:21:33 | 作者Author: caofei ]
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近日在second life游戏内结识了一位美男子,我们跳舞攀谈,最后我们都揭示了自己的frist life.

我无意中来到这个Jazz舞巴,他安静地在角落里弹钢琴,他在second life的名字叫Hug Yue,他有一头美丽的金发,亚洲面孔,身材挺拔,穿一身黑色礼服。当我站在那里偷偷窥视时,忽然他邀请我一舞,他说他已经在这里弹了一个小时琴了,我犹豫了一阵还是接受了邀请。在浪漫怀旧的美式Jazz情歌下,我的美少女的化身与他的美男子的化身在舞池中偏偏起舞,时而华尔兹,时而探戈,如同眼前显现着一个美丽的童话故事。他说他喜欢这里的Jazz音乐,他希望能成为酒吧里那个弹钢琴的人就满足了。我问:你的脸怎么长得那么亚洲?他说:我挑的皮肤是Rock Star。我说你真的很像,他说,那你就相信我是吧。

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这是在second life里的Hug Yue

他问我在现实中做什么,我说“艺术”。他说能在网上看到吗?我犹豫了很久,把我的网页发给他,刚发出去,就后悔,然后说:“那你不就知道了我的真正身份了吗?” 他说:“那好,我可以不看。” 我还是补充道:“也没问题吧”。他去看了,接着说会把我的网站收藏在自己的文件夹。他说他在网上卖艺术,不过不怎么能挣钱。” 他给了我地址 www.prisonart.org(监狱艺术项目),我看了后,竞吓了一跳。他把美国加州几个监狱系统里的囚犯的艺术作品放在网站上帮他们出售,价格低廉,他筹集微弱资金以帮助改进囚犯的生存状态。

昨天,我们一起去坐热气球,在神奇的山涧里漂浮,他忽而掏出一把笛子吹起来,笛声悠然动人。我们还去了一个有着各种鼓乐器的地方,欢喜地尝试敲击各种乐器,最后在海边休息,攀谈。他告诉了我他生活在旧金山,真名叫Ed Mead,上世纪70年代,他作为政治犯被美国政府监禁了18年。他从2001年起建立http://www.prisonart.org网站,他每个月编辑Prison Art newsletter给监狱里的囚犯看,以及发到各种人的邮箱地址,他狱后一直从事着为囚犯权益抗争的工作,同时他是加州监狱监督委员会会长。关于他的更多信息,是我今天从网上使劲找出来的。还有更有意思的是,在second life里,他那年轻迷人的容貌背后,我发现他在现实中已经64岁了,哈,不能掩饰我的失望,还依然沉浸在他那英俊的虚拟化身上,尽管明明知道那是假的,是数字化处理的,是由像数组成的。无论如何,我敬佩他在现实中从事着的事情。今天,他留言给我,说他不能去旧金山艺术学院看我参加的群展world factory part 3的开幕,因为他一早就出发去国会门前参加抗议活动。我想象着这位年迈的老者,刚刚失业,冒着旧金山的冷雨,手持抗议的口号标语,一辈子在为已经失去自由的人争取着他们还应有的自由。

而在虚拟世界里,他青春,俊美,热情,温和,绅士,善良,他享受着数字世界带来的景观与体验,他喜欢的那些乐器和大自然,沐浴在阳光下,在傍晚的夕阳下飞翔,黑夜的星空下起舞,这些画面统统驱赶着他在真实世界里的焦虑与苦难。

在中国时间快天亮的时候,我将要离开这个游戏回到我真实世界中,他向我道别着:“我的朋友,很高兴与你交谈,抓紧时间休息吧, 再见。”

什么是虚拟,什么是真实,或许不再重要,它们已经边界模糊,在虚拟世界的我们,不是我们本身,恰恰又是我们,我们总是质疑虚拟空间对现实的侵蚀,但是否我们依然能够在虚拟社会找到一种融合的可能,那是一种超越真实的力量,连接着真实的那端依然是人类对朴素的爱,对自由的追求,与其让“神爱世人”,不如让我们互相拯救吧。

Dear Hug Yue,

thank you for your ture art.

Cao Fei

以下是在Ed Mead组织的监狱艺术项目中一些囚犯的作品,能在http://www.prisonart.org看到更多。通过犯人们的作品,能看到艺术创作对他们产生着无限慰藉与解脱。Ed Mead不是艺术家,也不是艺术策划人,他是美国众多的社会运动者、异见分子中的一员,至今仍在努力为改善监狱中囚犯的权益而努力,继续为寻求真正的民主而与布什政府抗争。另外,他不是干巴巴的政治动物,他通过犯人的艺术创作去感染打动世人,同时通过艺术去拯救净化那些被囚禁的灵魂。

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"Che" by Ramiro Gonzalez. Ink Art on 8.5 by 11 inches colored bond. Prison Art has the original for quick shipment to the buyer. Sale $30

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"Enchanting (Marilyn)" by a Texas prisoner. 9.5 by 13 inches. Watercolor paper, acrylic paint. Sale $120

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Not Available - "Free Speaking Puppets" by Jeremy Young. 4 by 17 inches, charcoal

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Not Available - "Bob Marley, One Love" by Jeremy Young. 4 by 17 inches, graphite.

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Coffin Box with drawer and runes by Bradley Flener. Approx. 6 inches in length. $60

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Sold - Southwest X by Gary Caughey. Afghan. Approximately 48 by 68 inches. $125

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"Jesus" by Jeffrey Austin, 14 by 17 inches, Prismacolor pencil on Bristol. $72

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Ray Charles by Jack Waldrop. Graphite, 9 by 12 inches on 100 lb vellum paper. Serious collectors should grab this one. $240

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In addition to Jazz Escapes, we have three 60 minute cassette tapes full of Dan's music and can make them into CDs as well. A pricing structure has not yet been worked out. Please e-mail mead at prisonart dot org if you art interested in hearing more of Dan's music.

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Marvin Thornton creates portraits from photo s. He wants $42 for the first head done with colored pencil and $18 for each additional head. For graphite drawings Marvin asks for $30 for the first head and $18 for each subsequent graphite head. You will need send your photograph and a money order to Ed Mead at Prison Art.
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About Hug Yue(Ed Mead):

Ed Mead, is a former political prisoner, the co-founder of Prison Legal News, organizer of Men Against Sexism (a group that militantly opposed sexism, racism, homophobia and rape) inside the walls of the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla, and the creator of the Prison Art Project. He will speak on the formation of Seattle's George Jackson Brigade (or GJB - a now defunct clandestine organization made up of working class anti-authoritarians and anti-imperialists) back in the '70s, and the relevance of that group's approach to organizing in the context of today's political realities. Ed spent 18 years behind bars as a result of his alleged participation in the GJB-related activities.

“If you want to do prisoner support work then your priorities should be these: Firstly, on the international level, the prisoners who neEd the greatest level of support are the detainees, the so callEd enemy combatants. We have not only done a woeful job on this front, we have done no job at all! Secondly, on the national level, the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal must be made secure. And, thirdly, on the local or state level, we must be pro family and defend the right of prisoners and their lovEd ones to have family or conjugal visits. Any prisoner support organization that has those three bases coverEd cannot go wrong.”

- Ed Mead
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more info:
http://www.prisonart.org
http://www.gjbip.org/index.htm
http://www.gjbip.org/members/ed_mead.htm
[最后修改由 caofei, 于 2007-04-02 20:23:53]
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引用 流盲女*
[ 2007-04-01 14:50:52 ]
真有意思!

你的群展什么时候开始?我现在就在旧金山,希望能看到.
引用 caofei
[ 2007-04-01 17:27:04 ]
刚已经开始了,
http://www.sfai.edu/page.aspx?page=252&navID=587&sectionID=4
你在那边呆多久?能发你email address我吗?
引用 流盲女*
[ 2007-04-02 02:02:28 ]
我来玩儿两天就走,然后去LA..
我的邮箱:eyes617@hotmail.com
引用 jeuce
[ 2007-04-21 15:24:39 ]
hi caofei,

我刚才看了tofu杂志新制作的second life小广告,对当下沉迷虚拟人生的网络用户开了一个小玩笑。最好笑的是它在这个小广告里用的语言,多么的cheap。请看:

WELCOME TO SECOND LIFE
A WORLD WHERE EVEN FREEDOM IS ENCORDED
WELCOME TO THE MATRIX
THE FUTURE IS NOW!
SIGN IN!

这个广告让我想起假抑郁症药havidol的campign。(http://jeuce.blogbus.com/logs/4993580.html#cmt)

我想这两个作品的背后其实是在暗指:现在的人天真的相信药物和网络这类的产品是逃避社交和现实困扰的最佳催化剂,而大公司也正是看准了消费者的这种心理,在他们的广告上大作心理文章。这两个打油诗文式的作品都用了一种“看起来像是支持”的讽刺,答应了这个社会问题。

很有喜剧效果喔。

不知道你是不是second life fans,你看了这个广告会怎么样想...

看这个1分钟不到的video请挪步: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1120023985109149737
引用 caofei
[ 2007-04-22 03:42:40 ]
Thx u msg, jeuce. Havidol的campign is very fun!
我不知道我是否second life fans,但我为了要去了解它而成为它的季度付费会员:)

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