Posts Tagged ‘AR’

Gagosian Gallery Anselm Kiefer Infestation

January 31, 2011

Late in November, 2010, the MoMA Bufo Virtanus specimen conjoined with the MoMA exhibition, “Abstract Expressionist New York,” and seemed to have multiplied and mutated into what has been named the Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis subspecies, taking its name from the famous Barnett Newman painting exhibited there.

During the Anselm Kiefer exhibition entitled, “Next Year in Jerusalem” in December of 2010, researchers at VF Labs discovered that the subspecies originating from the colony at MoMA, had spread to the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, NY. I went there myself to see the spectacle. This subspecies  is oozing with VF betaAR.  It is not yet known what habitats the subspecies gravitates towards, other than heroic or sublime artworks which certainly would include those of the Anselm Kiefer exhibition.

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Infestation of New York Abstraction (Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis)

November 27, 2010

Yesterday, I was enjoying the MoMA exhibition, Abstract Expressionist New York, when, all of a sudden, as a museum visitor posed too close to the Barnett Newman, an AR Bufo Toad’s legs burst through the painting. I managed, through a quick series of iPhotos, to stitch together this incisive moment in all its composite splendor!  Even though Newman intended these paintings to be seen up close, a guard promptly shepherded the woman away, unaware of the monster protruding all around her. In retrospect it does not surprise me that these two  artworks, in two coinciding collections, should be intersecting. The MoMA’s  explication of the work states, “Newman’s largest painting at the time of its completion, is meant to overwhelm the senses.” VF’s Bufotenine sublime!

But, what to do? These pests of the museum are improperly multiplying! They can be seen at times everywhere in the building, on all the floors, in the stairwells, in the bathrooms, in the sculpture and the painting. No doubt there will be a move towards extermination. Hopefully, in the end, a sole infertile healthy specimen will be retained for the AR collection.          More on Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis

VF betaAR

November 3, 2010

A new variant of Virta-Flaneurazine, VF betaAR, has been successfully developed. It is produced from the skin secretions of bio- engineered and programmed hybrid Bufo toads. When areas of these toads are touched, the resulting reaction causes a wandering viewer to see things appearing from virtual worlds and other sources on the Internet. This appears to be an integrated and compelling conscious experience. This perception can be simultaneously viewed on an iPhone or Android device using Layars or other augmented reality software.

Because of the surprising success of our first test at MoMA, October 9, we will be entering a wider human test phase November 14 at BETA Spaces 2010 in Bushwick, Brooklyn (NY). The drug tests will be part of an art program, Bushwick AR Intervention. Though the parameters of the effects are somewhat limited at this point, this appears to be a very important step towards complete integration.

VF Sculpture in MOMA

October 9, 2010

 

A huge AR sculpture we made of a the Bufo Toad (the VF mascot, if you will) is to be installed in the Museum of Modern Art  Saturday afternoon, October 9. Although we understand that this will be part of a permanent collection located at the museum, we are not quite sure where it will be placed. We had planned it for the Atrium Gallery but the curators of the show,”We AR in MoMA,”  Sander Veenhof & Mark Skwarek, feel it might need to be placed in the lobby. The sculpture has the VF logo inscribed on its back and has the potential to allow visitors to climb up to this area and through contact receive a full dose of Virta-Flaneurazine. New readers to this blog might not know that the Bufo Toad toxin, bufotenin, secreted from the amphibian’s back, is a known psychotropic substance to humans, though it can cause seizures in animals. The effects and molecular structure of Bufotenin was an inspiration for VF and so we hold the animal in high regard.

Update: turns out the sculpture was a bit too large for the entrance area. Only a huge leg was visible. The dimensions will be adjusted to fit the location in the near future.

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Bufo Virtanus Infestation Spreads

April 26, 2008


Infestation of Bufo Virtanus

With no natural predators and an abundance of suitable habitat, the Bufo Virtanus has reproduced vigorously and has begun to spread to neighboring SIMs. Eradication efforts are under way.

Bufo Virtanus Specimen Released at Test Parcel

April 25, 2008

We have identified a hardy specimen of bufo virtanus for release on the test parcel. We would discourage touching them (or other forms of contact) until we know more about the effects of its toxin under SL conditions. We can now proceed with studying some of our comparative theories concerning VF molecular similarities and psychoactive effects.

Bufotenine

April 12, 2008

While watching Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, we realized there could be a relationship between the Bufo Toad toxins and VF.  Not only is there a similarity in the bufotenine molecule, 5-hydroxy-DMT, but experiential reports of distortions in the senses of time and space, instantaneous transportational perception and  color hallucinations would seem to confirm the analogous relationship. The Bufo Toad toxin secreted by glands in the toad’s shoulders and then boiled down, crystallized and safely smoked by hippies in communes.

The other ingestive alternative known as “licking toad” runs the risk of severe neurological effects such as paralysis, seizures, blurred vision, and dizziness. We should also consider the possibility that distorted time and space affect of imbibing bufotenine might be related to the “transference” of the toad’s seemingly aimless patterns of mobility as well as the “hopping” effect of teleporting in SL. This could be a fruitful approach for further study with respect to the digital form of VF.