Friday, December 5, 2008

Cool Alert - Becoming Dragon

Welcome to the first Cool Alert on Infowhore Speaks. What's a Cool Alert? Basically it's me dancing around, shouting and pointing at something I think is 'cool' or exciting that is happening right now or will happen in the very near future. For example, Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog would have gotten a Cool Alert during the time it was available for free if this blog had been around at the time (and if I had any readers).

Now on to what this Cool Alert is all about...

I'm more excited than I have been for a long time. My head is exploding and its all because of Micha Cárdenas.

Who is the person you may ask. The answer: only one of the coolest people in the world!

Why? Because right now she is living as a dragon in Second Life. How does one live as a dragon? Well you start with a heads up display with head tracking, so you can see what your avatar would see and look around freely. Then add a body suit with sensors so your actions can be mapped to your avatar. Finally put these on a transgender, genderqueer media artist, theorist and trouble maker named Micha Cárdenas. Hook it all up to Second Life for 365 hours and you have Becoming Dragon.

From the press release:

Becoming Dragon is a mixed reality, durational performance in Second Life...

Becoming Dragon questions the one year requirement of Real Life Experience that transgender people must fulfill in order to receive Gender Confirmation Surgery (Sexual Reassignment Surgery), and asks if this could be replaced by one year of Second Life Experience to lead to Species Reassignment Surgery.

Micha Cárdenas' live blog:
Beautiful pictures from places she is hanging out in. Makes me wish my laptop could run Second Life.

Flickr photostream:

A calendar of events:

More information about the project can be found here:

Link to the performance in Second Life:

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