written by Cyanide Seelowe
A month or two ago, I posted a thread in SecondLife.com's community forums. Modestly placed in the "resident-run websites" forum with the modest title of "Virtual Artist Alliance Art Newsblog", my intention was the advertise the blog's existence, as I am quite proud of the work that my colleagues and I do here. In response to the thread, a new perspective was thrust upon me in regards to the VAA's identity, as new perspectives have a common way of doing on the InterWebs. Copied and Pasted directly from the forum, here is what a reader had to say about our title:
"I really like your blog, but I gotta say I'm less than enthusiastic about the title. To me, the term "virtual artist' is a bit belittling. I'm not a 'virtual' artist; I'm a real artist. I happen to apply my real art to virtual worlds, but that doesn't mean it's 'virtual art'. I'm real, and so is my work. The nature of the medium to which the work is applied doesn't change that.
A painter's canvas is a virtual world too, and so is an author's writing paper, but no one would give the painter or the author such a title, no matter how unintentionally, to imply that they or their works are not real. Why should it be any different for me just because my canvas of choice runs on electricity?
I'd be fine with 'virtual world artist', but not 'virtual artist'. Make sense?"
Yes, of course it does. You can find my reply to this statement here, but my message to my fellow members is far more pressing:
I'd like to make it clear to everyone who is a member of the Virtual Artist Alliance that I do not consider you to be Virtual (as in "close to real") Artists; the purpose of our group is to celebrate Virtual (as in "computer generated") and Digital art and artists. Reading this individual's opinion and taking it into account made me consider our purpose a little more closely.
That being said, nothing has changed :] Despite our somewhat blurry beginnings, our mission is still to cater to the Artist and their needs, not to belittle them with something as unimportant as a title floating above their heads.
The lesson? Don't look too deeply into the things that come out of my head. Ideas can only be as complicated as the mind they come from :]