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Margaret Moores and Almerinda Travassos

2010, 08:50 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 828.05

In 1988, Margaret Moores and Almerinda Travassos created the iconic lesbian video, “Frankly, Shirley.” It was a comedy, a comment on public and private sex, and one of the first independent artist productions to place lesbians unapologetically in popular culture. Their early works paved the way for an explosion of Canadian lesbian films and videos that continues to this day.
Their latest work takes on a new frontier that needs some queer. Moores and Travassos have created a machinima of a pixel-posse of digital dykes checking out the metaverses. Their first stop is Second Life. To the epic Stuart Price remix of Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.,” the characters make their way through beautiful, strange and fantastical tableaux, from a recreation of the famous New York lesbian bar the Duchess, to environments created and inhabited by artists as divergent as China’s Cao Fei and French filmmaker Chris Marker. The visuals offer up an astounding feast of digital work by some of the virtual worlds’ most accomplished creators working in one of the largest online creative communities.
Machinima is animated filmmaking within real-time virtual 3-D environments. Developed as part of video gaming culture in 2000, this new production process has moved from a format used to document digital activities to a media tool used to create narrative, documentary and experimental time-based work.
Get ready to ignite!

Short Synopsis:
A pixel-posse of digital dykes is checking out the metaverses. Their first stop is Second Life. The characters D.A.N.C.E. their way through beautiful, strange and fantastical environments. This machinima celebrates a small but glorious sample of the digital work being created by artists working in one of the world’s largest on-line creative communities. Get ready to ignite!

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